a combining form meaning “gills,” used in the formation of compound words: branchiopod.

Nearby words

  1. branchial groove,
  2. branchial pouch,
  3. branchiate,
  4. branchiform,
  5. branching,
  6. branchiomotor nuclei,
  7. branchiopneustic,
  8. branchiopod,
  9. branchiostegal,
  10. branchiostegous

Also especially before a vowel, branchi-.

Origin of branchio-

combining form representing Greek bránchia branchia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019