chondri- or before a vowel chondr-

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combining form
indicating cartilagechondroma
grain or granularchondrule
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Word Origin for chondro-

from Greek khondros grain, cartilage
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What does chondro- mean?

Chondro- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “cartilage” or “grain.” In medical terms, the form indicates “cartilage” and in scientific terms, it refers to “grain” or “granular.”

Chondro- ultimately comes from the Greek chóndros, meaning “cartilage” or “grain.”

Closely related to chondro- are the combining forms chondrio- and chondr-, which can also indicate “cartilage” or “grain” in medical and scientific terms.

Examples of chondro-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form chondro- is chondrotomy, meaning “the surgical division of a cartilage.”

The first part of the word, chondro-, means “cartilage.” The second combining form tomy means “cutting, incision.” Chondrotomy has a literal sense of “cutting cartilage.”

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The combining form -cyte means “cell.” With this in mind, what type of cell is a chondrocyte?

How to use chondro- in a sentence

  • All intermediate forms between the innocent chondroma and the malignant chondro-sarcoma are met with.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • A rarer variety is the ossifying chondro-sarcoma, which undergoes ossification to such an extent as to be visible in skiagrams.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • In the long bones it may grow from the shaft, while the chondro-sarcoma more often originates at the extremities.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles