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variant of dermato-: dermographic.
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WORDS THAT USE DERMO-

What does dermo- mean?

Dermo- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “skin.” It is used in medical and scientific terms.

Dermo- comes from the Greek dérma, meaning “skin.”

Dermo- is a variant of dermato-. Other variants of dermato- are dermo- and derm-. Closely related to dermo- are the combining forms -derm, -derma, -dermatous, and -dermis. Learn more about their specific applications at our Words That Use articles for these forms.

Examples of dermo-

Dermographia, also known as dermatographia and dermographism, is “a condition in which touching or lightly scratching the skin causes raised, reddish marks.”

The dermo- portion of the word means “skin,” as we’ve seen. The -graphia, related to –graphy, refers to drawing, writing, or recording.

Dermographia has a literal sense of “skin writing,” a reference to how the skin condition makes it look like the skin has been written on.

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The combining form -pathy is used to denote disease. With that in mind, what is dermopathy?

How to use dermo- in a sentence

  • In the Hauts-vertébrés the vertebræ are internal; in the Dermo-vertébrés they are external.

    Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Paired dermo-supra-occipitals occur also in certain Ganoids.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
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