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arterio-

  1. a combining form meaning “artery,” used in the formation of compound words:

    arteriosclerosis.



arterio-

combining_form

  1. artery or arteries

    arteriosclerosis



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Word History and Origins

Origin of arterio-1

< Greek artērio-, combining form of artēría windpipe, artery

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Word History and Origins

Origin of arterio-1

from Greek; see artery

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Example Sentences

One of the most characteristic symptoms of old age is the hardening of the arteries—arterio-sclerosis.

It also occurs in patients suffering from glycosuria, and is usually associated with arterio-sclerosis—local or general.

When an artery and its companion vein are injured simultaneously an arterio-venous aneurysm (p. 310) may develop.

An abnormal communication between an artery and a vein constitutes an arterio-venous aneurysm.

Arterio-venous aneurysm is a frequent result of injuries by modern high-velocity bullets—for example, in the neck or groin.

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Words That Use arterio-

What does arterio- mean?

Arterio- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “artery,” a blood vessel that conveys blood from the heart to any part of the body.

Arterio- is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

Arterio- comes from the Greek artēría, meaning “artery” and “windpipe.” Windpipe? Yep, discover why at our entry for trachea. The word aorta is related to the Greek artēría.

What are variants of arterio-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, arterio- sometimes becomes arteri-, as in arteriectomy.

Examples of arterio-

You may be familiar with the combining form arterio- from arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, which contribute to a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.

Arterio- means “artery.” The word sclerosis comes from the Greek sklḗrōsis, meaning “hardening.” Putting it back together, arteriosclerosis literally translates to “hardening of the arteries.”

Learn more about sclerosis in our Words That Use sclero- article.

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

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

Break it down!

The combining form -lith means “stone,” and can refer to harmful deposits or concretions in the body.

Based on the meaning of arterio-, where in the body would you find an arteriolith 

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