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variant of dicho- before a vowel.
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What does dich- mean?

Dich- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “in two parts, in pairs.” It is used in a few, mostly technical terms.

Dich- comes from the Greek dícha, meaning “in two” or “asunder” (in separate parts). The Greek dícha is based on the Greek dís, “twice, double,” ultimate source of the combining forms di- and diplo-. The English word two, in fact, is distantly related to the Greek dís. So are the combining forms bi-, bin-, duo-, and twi-. Double down on your word roots by checking out our Words That Use articles for the terms.

Dich- is a variant of dicho-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use dicho- article.

Examples of dich-

One example of a scientific term that features the combining form dich- is dichoptic, a zoology term used for certain flies whose eyes are wide apart.

The first portion of the word, dich-, means “in two parts.” So, what about the -optic part of the word? It refers to the eyes or eyesight. Dichoptic has a literal sense of “separated eyes” or “eyes in two.”

What are some words that use or are related to the combining form dich-?

What are some other forms that dich- may be commonly confused with?

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The word otic means “of or relating to the ear.” What does dichotic literally translate to?

How to use dich- in a sentence