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noun, plural sten·os for 1.
  1. a stenographer.
  2. the art or practice of a stenographer; stenography.

Origin of steno

1910–15; by shortening; see steno-


or stenog

  1. stenographer.
  2. stenographic.
  3. stenography.

Origin of steno.

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; by shortening


  1. a combining form meaning “narrow,” “close,” used in the formation of compound words: stenopetalous.

Origin of steno-

From the Greek word stenós
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noun plural stenos
  1. US and Canadian informal short for stenographer


before a vowel sten-

combining form
  1. indicating narrowness or contractionstenography; stenosis

Word Origin

from Greek stenos narrow
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steno in Medicine


  1. Narrow; small:stenothorax.
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