Words nearby -stomous
WORDS THAT USE -STOMOUS
What does -stomous mean?
The combining form –stomous is used like a suffix meaning “having a mouth or opening.” The first element of words containing -stomous specify the kind or number of mouths or openings the organism has. It is used in a few, rare, obsolete scientific terms, especially in biology and zoology.
The form -stomous comes from the Greek stóma, meaning “mouth.” This root is the source of the English word stoma (a technical term for a mouth, among other senses) and is related to stomach. Stomach? Our stomachs and mouths are certainly connected—and etymologically so, too. Discover the connection at our entry for the word.
Closely related to -stomous are -stome and -stomy. Corresponding forms of -stomous combined to the beginning of words are stomato- and stomat-. Learn more about the specific applications of these forms at our Words That Use articles for them.
Examples of -stomous
An example of a term from biology that features the combining form -stomous is monostomous, meaning “having a single mouth or opening.”
The form mono- means “single” or “one.” The rest of the word, -stomous, means “having a mouth.” Monostomous literally translates to “one-mouthed.”
What are some words that use the combining form -stomous?
What are some other forms that -stomous may be commonly confused with?
Keep in mind that -ous is a suffix used to form a great many words in English, from stupendous to stannous. While it is related to the -ous in -stomous, -ous in these words—as well as a multitude of others, from nervous to glorious—is not indicating “cut” or “divided.” Learn more at our entry for -ous.