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a combining form meaning “place,” “local,” used in the formation of compound words:
topography; topology.
Also, especially before a vowel, top-.
Origin of topo-
combining form of Greek tópos place, commonplace Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • One of its branches, the topo, is one continued rapid; "of those who have fallen into it, only one has come out alive."

British Dictionary definitions for topo


noun (pl) topos
(mountaineering) a picture of a mountain with details of climbing routes superimposed on it
Word Origin
C20: shortened from topographical picture


combining form
indicating place or region: topography, topology, toponym, topotype
Word Origin
from Greek topos a place, commonplace
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topo in Medicine

topo- or top-
Place; area: topoanesthesia.

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