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spiro-1

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
combining form of Latin spīra < Greek speîra coil

dum spiro, spero

[doo m spee-roh, spey-roh; English duhm spahy-roh, speer-oh] /dʊm ˈspi roʊ, ˈspeɪ roʊ; English dʌm ˈspaɪ roʊ, ˈspɪər oʊ/
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
  • My father has a hundred, perhaps a thousand, but now I have only two, Gula and spiro.

    The Diva's Ruby F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for spiro

spiro-1

combining form
1.
indicating breath or respiration: spirograph
Word Origin
from Latin spīrāre to breathe

spiro-2

combining form
1.
spiral; coil: spirochaete
Word Origin
from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil
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spiro in Medicine

spiro- or spir-
pref.

  1. Spiral; coil; coil-shaped: spirillar.

  2. Breath; breathing; spirograph.

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