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aero

[ air-oh ]
/ ˈɛər oʊ /
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adjective
of or for aircraft.
of or relating to aeronautics.
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Origin of aero

1895–1900; aero- used as free form

Other definitions for aero (2 of 3)

aero-

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

Origin of aero-

<Greek, equivalent to āer- (stem of āḗrair1) + -o- -o-

Other definitions for aero (3 of 3)

aero.

abbreviation
aeronautic; aeronautical.
aeronautics.
aerospace.
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WORDS THAT USE AERO-

What does aero- mean?

Aero– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “air.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.

Aero– comes from Greek āḗr, meaning “air.”

What are variants of aero-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, aero– becomes aer, as in aerate. When combined with word elements of Latin origin, aero– becomes aeri, as in aeriferous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for aer– and aeri-.

Examples of aero-

An example of a word you may have encountered that features aero– is aerosol, “a system of colloidal particles dispersed in a gas and commonly formed as smoke, fog, mist, haze, or smog.”

We know aero– means “air,” and the sol portion of the word means “a fluid colloidal solution.” Aerosol roughly translates to “a substance dispersed in the air.”

What are some words that use the combining form aero-?

What are some other forms that aero– may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form phyte means “plant.” With this in mind, what does aerophyte mean?

How to use aero in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aero (1 of 3)

aero1
/ (ˈɛərəʊ) /

noun
(modifier) of or relating to aircraft or aeronauticsan aero engine

British Dictionary definitions for aero (2 of 3)

aero2

the internet domain name for
an organization in the air-transport industry

British Dictionary definitions for aero (3 of 3)

aero-

aeri- or before a vowel aer-


combining form
denoting air, atmosphere, or gasaerodynamics
denoting aircraftaeronautics

Word Origin for aero-

ultimately from Greek aēr air
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Medical definitions for aero

aero-

pref.
Air; atmosphere:aerobic.
Gas:aerosol.
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