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

Nearby words

  1. chondrichthian,
  2. chondrichthyan,
  3. chondrification center,
  4. chondrify,
  5. chondrin,
  6. chondriosome,
  7. chondrite,
  8. chondritic,
  9. chondritis,
  10. chondro-

Also chondro-; especially before a vowel, chondr-.

Origin of chondrio-

< Greek chondríon, diminutive of chóndros cartilage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chondro-


chondri- or before a vowel chondr-

combining form

indicating cartilagechondroma
grain or granularchondrule

Word Origin for chondro-

from Greek khondros grain, cartilage

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Word Origin and History for chondro-


word-forming element meaning "cartilage," from Latinized form of Greek khondros "cartilage" (of the breastbone); see grind (v.).

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