noun, plural chi·ros.
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Origin of chiro
Definition for chiro (2 of 2)
Origin of chiro-
WORDS THAT USE CHIRO-
What does chiro- mean?
Chiro- 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.”
What are variants of chiro-?
Examples of chiro-
The first part of these words, chiro-, means “hand.” The second part comes from the Greek word praktikós, source of practical and is based on a verb meaning “to do, act.” So, a chiropractor has the literal sense of “doing by hand,” a reference to how chiropractors use their hands to make adjustments to the spine.
What are some words that use the combining form chiro-?
What are some other forms that chiro- may be commonly confused with?