a combining form meaning “joint,” “jointed,” used in the formation of compound words: arthropod.
Also especially before a vowel, arthr-.

Origin of arthro-

< Greek, combining form of árthron a joint; akin to Latin artus (see article) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for arthro-


before a vowel arthr-

combining form

indicating a jointarthritis; arthropod

Word Origin for arthro-

from Greek arthron
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Medicine definitions for arthro-



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