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  1. a combining form meaning “other,” used in the formation of compound words (allotrope) and in chemistry to denote the more stable of two geometric isomers.
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Also (except in chemistry) especially before a vowel, all-.

Origin of allo-

< Greek, combining form of állos other; cognate with Latin alius, else
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British Dictionary definitions for allo-


before a vowel all-

combining form
  1. indicating difference, variation, or oppositionallopathy; allomorph; allophone; allonym
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Word Origin for allo-

from Greek allos other, different
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Word Origin and History for allo-

word-forming element meaning "other," from Greek allo-, comb. form of allos "other, different" (see alias (adv.)).

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allo- in Medicine


  1. Other; different:allotransplantation.
  2. Isomeric:allomorphism.
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