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variant of andro- before a vowel: android.
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WORDS THAT USE ANDR-

What does andr- mean?

The combining form andr- is used like a prefix meaning “male.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.

The form andr- comes from Greek anḗr, meaning “man.” The equivalent form in Latin is vir, “man,” which is the source of words such as triumvirate and virile.

What are variants of andr-?

The form andr- is a variant of andro-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Though these aren’t true variants, andr- is related to the combining forms -androus and -andry. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.

Examples of andr-

A word you may have encountered that features the form andr- is android, “an automaton (robot) in the form of a human being.” The word android comes from Latin androīdēs, which uses the equivalent form of andr-.

The form andr- means “male,” and the suffix -oid means “resembling” or “like,” from Greek -oeidēs. Android literally translates to “male-like” or “resembling man.”

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

What are some other forms that andro- may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters andr-, such as andradite, is necessarily using the combining form andr- to denote “male.” Learn about the mineral andradite and how it got its name at our entry for the word.

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Pedagogy is the science of teaching children. Keeping in mind the meaning of the form andr-, what is andragogy?

How to use andr- in a sentence

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