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  1. a combining form meaning “air,” used in formation of compound words: aerodrome.
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Also aer-, aeri-.

Origin of aero-

< Greek, equivalent to āer- (stem of āḗr air1) + -o- -o-
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British Dictionary definitions for aero-


aeri- or before a vowel aer-

combining form
  1. denoting air, atmosphere, or gasaerodynamics
  2. denoting aircraftaeronautics
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Word Origin for aero-

ultimately from Greek aēr air
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Word Origin and History for aero-

word-forming element meaning "air, atmosphere; aircraft; gasses," from Greek aero-, comb. form of aer (genitive aeros) "air, lower atmosphere" (see air (n.1)).

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aero- in Medicine


  1. Air; atmosphere:aerobic.
  2. Gas:aerosol.
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