a combining form with the meanings “height,” “tip end,” “extremities of the body,” used in the formation of compound words: acrophobia.
What’s The Difference Between Acronyms And Abbreviations?Is there a difference between acronyms and abbreviations? Most people think they’re pretty similar … and they’re definitely used in similar ways. But, there are slight differences What is an abbreviation? An abbreviation is any shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase. Did you catch the word any in there? That means abbreviation is the blanket term for all these shortened words we’ve all been using …
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Also especially before a vowel, acr-.
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British Dictionary definitions for acro-
denoting something at a height, summit, top, tip, beginning, or endacropolis; acrogen
denoting an extremity of the human bodyacromegaly
Word Origin for acro-
from Greek akros extreme, topmost
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Medicine definitions for acro-
Top; summit; height:acrophobia.
Extremity of the body:acroparalysis.
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