[ dek-stroh ]
/ ˈdɛk stroʊ /

adjective Optics.

Origin of dextro

by shortening

Definition for dextro (2 of 2)


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

Origin of dextro-

< Latin dextr-, stem of dexter right-hand + -o-, on the model of retro- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dextro

British Dictionary definitions for dextro (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdɛkstrəʊ) /


short for dextrorotatorySee dextrorotatory

British Dictionary definitions for dextro (2 of 2)


before a vowel dextr-

combining form

on or towards the rightdextrorotation
(in chemistry) indicating a dextrorotatory compounddextroglucose

Word Origin for dextro-

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


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

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Medicine definitions for dextro



On or to the right; right:dextroposition.
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