a combining form meaning “organism having a mouth or mouthlike organ” (cyclostome), “mouthlike organ” (cytostome), as specified by the initial element.

Words nearby -stome

Compare -stomous, -stomy.

Origin of -stome

combining form representing Greek stóma mouth, and stómion little mouth
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British Dictionary definitions for -stome


n combining form

indicating a mouth or opening resembling a mouthperistome

Word Origin for -stome

from Greek stoma mouth, and stomion little mouth
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