- a combining form meaning “sulfur,” used in chemical nomenclature in the names of compounds in which part or all of the oxygen atoms have been replaced by sulfur; often used to designate sulfur analogues of oxygen compounds.
Also especially before a vowel, thi-.
Origin of thio-
combining form representing Greek theîon
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before a vowel thi-
- indicating that a chemical compound contains sulphur, esp denoting that a compound is derived from a specified compound by the replacement of an oxygen atom with a sulphur atomthiol; thiosulphate
from Greek theion sulphur
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- Containing sulfur, used especially of a compound in which oxygen has been replaced by a divalent sulfur:thioacid.
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- A prefix that means containing sulfur, used especially of a compound in which an oxygen atom has been replaced by a sulfur atom, as in thiourea.
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