a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “vessel,” “container,” used in the formation of compound words: angiosperm.

Nearby words

  1. anginiform,
  2. anginoid,
  3. anginose,
  4. anginose scarlatina,
  5. anginous,
  6. angioblast,
  7. angioblastoma,
  8. angiocardiography,
  9. angiocardiokinetic,
  10. angiocardiopathy

Also especially before a vowel, angi-.

Origin of angio-

< Greek, combining form representing angeîon, equivalent to áng(os) vessel, vat, shell + -eion diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for angio-


before a vowel angi-

combining form

indicating a blood or lymph vessel; seed vesselangiology; angiosperm; angioma

Word Origin for angio-

from Greek angeion vessel

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Word Origin and History for angio-


before verbs angi-, word-forming element now usually meaning "covered or enclosed by a seed or blood vessel," from Latinized form of Greek angeion "a vessel, receptacle," diminutive of angos "chest, box," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for angio-



Blood and lymph vessel:angiography.

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