a combining form with the meaning “the process of measuring” that specified by the initial element: anthropometry; chronometry.

Origin of -metry

< Greek -metria action or process of measuring, equivalent to métr(on) measure (see meter2) + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -metry


n combining form

indicating the process or science of measuringanthropometry; geometry
Derived Forms-metric, adj combining form

Word Origin for -metry

from Old French -metrie, from Latin -metria, from Greek, from metron measure
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Word Origin and History for -metry


word-forming element meaning "process of measuring," Middle English -metrie, from Middle French -metrie, from Latin -metria, from Greek -metria "a measuring of," from -metros "measurer of," from metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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Medicine definitions for -metry



The process or science of measuring:micrometry.
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