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benzo-

  1. a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which benzene, benzoic acid, or one or more of the phenyl groups is present: benzocaine.
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Also especially before a vowel, benz-.

Origin of benzo-

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British Dictionary definitions for benzo-

benzo-

sometimes before a vowel benz-

combining form
  1. indicating a benzene ring fused to another ring in a polycyclic compoundbenzofuran
  2. indicating derivation from benzene or benzoic acid or the presence of phenyl groupsbenzophenone
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Word Origin for benzo-

from benzoin
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benzo- in Medicine

benzo-

pref.
  1. Benzene; benzoic acid:benzodiazepine.
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