chrono

[ kron-oh ]
/ ˈkrɒn oʊ /

noun, plural chron·os.

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Origin of chrono

By shortening; see -o

Definition for chrono (2 of 2)

chrono-

a combining form meaning “time,” used in the formation of compound words: chronometer.
Also especially before a vowel, chron-.

Origin of chrono-

<Greek, combining form of chrónos
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WORDS THAT USE CHRONO-

What does chrono- mean?

Chrono- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “time.” It is used in some scientific and medical terms.

Chrono- comes from the Greek chrónos, meaning “time.” The adjective chronic, meaning “constant” or “habitual,” also derives from this root.

What are variants of chrono-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, chrono- becomes chron-, as in chronaxie (using the French equivalent of the form).

Examples of chrono-

You may be familiar with the combining form chrono- from the word chronology, meaning “the sequential order in which past events occur.”

The first part of the word, chrono-, means “time.” The second part of the word, -logy, often denotes an area of “discourse” or “study.” Chronology, then, literally means “study of time.”

What are some words that use the combining form chrono-?

What are some other forms that chrono- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -meter means “measure.” With this in mind, what does a chronometer measure?

British Dictionary definitions for chrono

chrono-

before a vowel chron-


combining form

indicating timechronology; chronometer

Word Origin for chrono-

from Greek khronos time
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Medical definitions for chrono

chrono-

pref.

Time:chronobiology.
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