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  1. a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “short,” used in the formation of compound words: brachycerous.
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Origin of brachy-

< Greek, combining form of brachýs
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British Dictionary definitions for brachy-


combining form
  1. indicating something shortbrachycephalic
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Word Origin

from Greek brakhus short
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Word Origin and History for brachy-

word-forming element meaning "short," from Latinized comb. form of Greek brakhys "short" (see brief (adj.)).

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brachy- in Medicine


  1. Short:brachydactyly.
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