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variant of dendro- before elements of Latin origin: dendriform.
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What does dendri- mean?

Dendri- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “tree.” It is used in some medical, scientific, and other technical terms.

Dendri- comes from the Greek déndron, meaning “tree.”

Dendri- is a variant of dendro-, used especially when combined with words or word elements of Latin origin.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use dendro- article.

Another variant of dendro-, used when combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, is dendr-, as in dendrite.

A corresponding form of dendri-, dendro-, and dendr- combined to the end of words is -dendron, as in rhododendron.

Examples of dendri-

One example of a term that features the combining form dendri- is dendriform, “treelike in form.”

We already know that dendri- means “tree.” And you may have deduced that -form means “having the form of,” ultimately from the Latin forma. Dendriform literally translates to “having the form of a tree.” Dendriform is sometimes used to describe treelike structures in medicine and architecture.

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Dendrimers are a type of polymer (a kind of chemical compound, often synthetic, made up of smaller units). Based on the meaning of dendri-, what do dendrimers resemble?