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a combining form meaning “flesh,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, sarc-.
Origin of sarco-
< Greek sark- (stem of sárx) + -o- Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sarco-


combining form
indicating flesh: sarcoma
Word Origin
from Greek sark-, sarx flesh
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Word Origin and History for sarco-

before vowels sarc-, word-forming element meaning "flesh, fleshy, of the flesh," from Latinized form of Greek sark-, comb. form of sarx "flesh" (see sarcasm).

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sarco- in Medicine

sarco- or sarc-

  1. Flesh: sarcocele.

  2. Striated muscle: sarcolemma.

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