- a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which carbon is present: carbohydrate.
Also especially before a vowel, carb-.
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before a vowel carb-
- carboncarbohydrate; carbonate
Word Origin and History for carbo-
before vowels carb-, comb. form meaning "Carbon," abstracted 1810 from carbon.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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