desmo-

before vowels desm-, word-forming element used in scientific compounds, from Greek desmos "bond, fastening, chain," from PIE root *de- "to bind."


Nearby words

  1. desktop,
  2. desktop publishing,
  3. desman,
  4. desmid,
  5. desmitis,
  6. desmocranium,
  7. desmogenous,
  8. desmoid,
  9. desmolase,
  10. desmond

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Medicine definitions for desmo-

desmo-

pref.

Bond; adhesion:desmosome.
Ligament; connective tissue:desmogenous.

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