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  1. a combining form meaning “respiration,” used in the formation of compound words: spirograph.

Origin of spiro-1

combining form of Latin spīrāre to breathe

spiro-2

  1. a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: spirochete.

Origin of spiro-2

combining form of Latin spīra < Greek speîra coil

dum spiro, spero

[doo m spee-roh, spey-roh; English duhm spahy-roh, speer-oh]
Latin.
  1. while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina.
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  • "The head of Spiro," thought Miles and Ward with sinking hearts.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • Spiro—for it was indeed he—regarded them with pitiless eyes.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • During the present life he was hoping for it, "Dum Spiro, Spero."

  • I will not kill myself because then I should go to hell-fire, but Spiro can do it very well.

    The Diva's Ruby

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Spiro knew, no doubt, but she could not demean herself to inquire of a servant.

    The Diva's Ruby

    F. Marion Crawford


British Dictionary definitions for spiro

spiro-1

combining form
  1. indicating breath or respirationspirograph

Word Origin

from Latin spīrāre to breathe

spiro-2

combining form
  1. spiral; coilspirochaete

Word Origin

from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil
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spiro in Medicine

spiro-

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  1. Spiral; coil; coil-shaped:spirillar.
  2. Breath; breathing;spirograph.
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