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  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for blasto-


combining form
  1. (in biology) indicating an embryo or bud or the process of buddingblastoderm
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Word Origin for blasto-

from Greek blastos; see -blast
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Word Origin and History for blasto-

before vowels blast-, word-forming element used in scientific compounds to mean "germ, bud," from Greek blasto-, comb. form of blastos "sprout, germ," of unknown origin.

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blasto- in Medicine


  1. Bud; germ; budding; germination:blastocyst.
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