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Words nearby cheiro-
WORDS THAT USE CHEIRO-
What does cheiro- mean?
Cheiro- comes from the Greek cheír, meaning “hand.” Bats (the winged mammals) are sometimes called chiropters, a name that literally means “hand-winged,” because their wing membranes are supported by the extended digits of the forelimbs. And chiromancy, another word for palmistry, is the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person’s hand; it literally means “hand divination.”
Cheiro- is a variant of chiro-, as in chiropractor.
Examples of cheiro-
One example of a medical term that features cheiro- is cheiroplasty, meaning “plastic surgery on the hand.”
The first part of the word, cheiro-, means “hand.” The second part of the word, -plasty, can refer to “surgical repair” and “plastic surgery.” Cheiroplasty literally translates to “plastic surgery of the hand.” The Greek root of -plasty (a verb meaning “to form, mold”) is also the source of the English plastic.
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