Origin of blasto-
Words nearby blasto-
WORDS THAT USE BLASTO-
What does blasto- mean?
The combining form blasto– is used like a prefix that literally means “bud, sprout.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in anatomy and biology, to mean “embryo” or “formative cells or cell layer.”
The form blasto– comes from Greek blastós, meaning “bud” and “sprout.” The Latin translation of blastós is germen, “sprout” or “seed,” which is the source of germ, germane, and germinal. Find out more at our entry for each word.
What are variants of blasto-?
Examples of blasto-
An example of a scientific term that features the form blasto– is blastospore, “a fungal spore that arises by budding.”
The blasto– part of the word here means “bud” or “sprout.” The –spore portion of the word means, well, “spore,” from Greek sporá. Blastospore literally translates to “spore bud.”
What are some words that use the combining form blasto-?
What are some other forms that blasto– may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters blasto-, such as blastoff, is necessarily using the combining form blasto– to denote “bud.” Learn why blastoff means “rocket launch” at our entry for the word.