a combining form from Greek meaning “spine,” used in the formation of compound words: acanthocephalan.
Also especially before a vowel, acanth-.

Origin of acantho-

< Greek akantho-, combining form of ákantha thorn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for acantho-


before a vowel acanth-

combining form

indicating a spine or thornacanthocephalan

Word Origin for acantho-

New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for acantho-



Thorn; spine; spinous process:acanthocyte.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.