Also especially before a vowel, copr-.

Origin of copro-

< Greek kopro-, combining form of kópros; cognate with Sanskrit śakrt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for copro-


before a vowel copr-

combining form
  1. indicating dung or obscenitycoprology

Word Origin for copro-

from Greek kopros dung
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Word Origin and History for copro-

word-forming element indicating "dung, filth, excrement," before vowels copr-, from Modern Latin copro-, from Greek kopros "dung," from PIE root *kekw-. Hence, coprology "study of obscene literature."

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copro- in Medicine


  1. Excrement; dung:coprostasis.
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