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a combining form meaning “dry,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, xer-.
Origin of xero-
combining form of Greek xērós dry Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for xero-


combining form
indicating dryness: xeroderma
Word Origin
from Greek xēros dry
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Word Origin and History for xero-

before vowels, xer-, word-forming element meaning "dry," from Greek xero-, comb. form of xeros "dry" (see xerasia).

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xero- in Medicine

xero- or xer-
Dry; dryness: xeroderma.

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