a combining form meaning “slope, incline,” and, in mineralogy, “monoclinic,” used in the formation of compound words: clinometer.

Origin of clino-

< Latin -clīn(āre) (cognate with Greek klī́nein to cause to lean, Sanskrit śrayati he causes to lean) + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clino-


before a vowel clin-

combining form

indicating a slope or inclinationclinometer

Word Origin for clino-

from New Latin, from Greek klinein to slant, lean
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Word Origin and History for clino-

before vowels clin-, word-forming element meaning "slope, slant, incline," from Latinized comb. form of Greek klinein "to lean, slope" (see lean (v.)).

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Medicine definitions for clino-



Slope; slant:clinocephaly.
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