a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which carbon is present: carbohydrate.

Also especially before a vowel, carb-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for carbo-


before a vowel carb-

combining form

carboncarbohydrate; carbonate
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Word Origin and History for carbo-

before vowels carb-, comb. form meaning "Carbon," abstracted 1810 from carbon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

carbo- in Medicine



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