a combining form meaning “bud, sprout,” “embryo,” “formative cells or cell layer,” used in the formation of compound words: blastosphere.
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Also especially before a vowel, blast-.
See also -blast.
Origin of blasto-
< Greek, combining form of blastós a bud, sprout
Words nearby blasto-
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British Dictionary definitions for blasto-
(in biology) indicating an embryo or bud or the process of buddingblastoderm
Word Origin for blasto-
from Greek blastos; see -blast
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Medical definitions for blasto-
Bud; germ; budding; germination:blastocyst.
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