- a combining form meaning “heat,” “hot,” used in the formation of compound words: thermoplastic.
Origin of thermo-
< Greek, combining form of thermós hot, thérmē heat
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before a vowel therm-
- related to, caused by, or measuring heatthermodynamics; thermophile
from Greek thermos hot, thermē heat
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Word Origin and History for thermo-
word-forming element meaning "hot, heat," used in scientific and technical words, from comb. form of Greek thermos "hot," therme "heat" (see thermal).
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- A prefix that means heat, as in thermometer.
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