a combining form meaning “skin,” used in the formation of compound words: dermatology.

Nearby words

  1. dermatitis herpetiformis,
  2. dermatitis medicamentosa,
  3. dermatitis papillaris capillitii,
  4. dermatitis repens,
  5. dermatitis verrucosa,
  6. dermatoautoplasty,
  7. dermatobia,
  8. dermatobiasis,
  9. dermatofibroma,
  10. dermatofibrosarcoma

Also dermo-. Also especially before a vowel, derm-, dermat-.

Origin of dermato-

< Greek, combining form of dermat-, stem of dérma Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dermato-


derma-, before a vowel dermat- or before a vowel derm-

combining form

indicating skindermatology; dermatome; dermal; dermatitis

Word Origin for dermato-

from Greek derma skin

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Word Origin and History for dermato-


before vowels, dermat-, word-forming element meaning "of or pertaining to skin," from Greek dermato- (shortened form dermo-), from derma "skin" (see derma).

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Medicine definitions for dermato-




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