brachy-


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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WORDS THAT USE BRACHY-

What does brachy- mean?

Brachy- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “short.” It is often used in medical and scientific terms.

Brachy- comes from the Greek brachýs, meaning “short.”

Examples of brachy-

A medical term that you may be familiar with that features the combining form brachy- is brachycardia, also known as bradycardia. Brachycardia is “a slow heartbeat rate, usually less than 60 beats per minute.”

The first part of the word, brachy-, means “short.” The form -cardia can denotes an abnormal condition of the heart, from the Greek kardía meaning “heart.” Brachycardia literally translates to “short heart(beat).”

The combining form brady- in bradycardia means “slow,” if you were curious. Learn more in our entry for the word.

What are some words that use the combining form brachy-?

What are some other forms that brachy- may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form -dactyly describes the nature of the “fingers” of an organism. For example, polydactyly is when an animal has more fingers or toes than normal. What is brachydactyly?

British Dictionary definitions for brachy-

brachy-

combining form

indicating something shortbrachycephalic

Word Origin for brachy-

from Greek brakhus short
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Medical definitions for brachy-

brachy-

pref.

Short:brachydactyly.
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