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dextro

[dek-stroh]
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adjective Optics.
  1. dextrorotatory.
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Origin of dextro

by shortening

dextro-

  1. a combining form meaning “right,” used in the formation of compound words: dextrorotatatory.
  2. Chemistry. a combining form meaning “turning clockwise”: dextroglucose.
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Also especially before a vowel, dextr-.

Origin of dextro-

< Latin dextr-, stem of dexter right-hand + -o-, on the model of retro-
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British Dictionary definitions for dextro

dextro

adjective
  1. short for dextrorotatorySee dextrorotatory
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dextro-

before a vowel dextr-

combining form
  1. on or towards the rightdextrorotation
  2. (in chemistry) indicating a dextrorotatory compounddextroglucose
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Word Origin

from Latin, from dexter on the right side
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Word Origin and History for dextro

dextro-

word-forming element meaning "toward or on the right-hand side," from comb. form of Latin dexter (see dexterity).

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dextro in Medicine

dextro-

pref.
  1. On or to the right; right:dextroposition.
  2. Dextrorotatory:dextrose.
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