a combining form meaning “prickly; spiny,” used in the formation of compound words: echinulate.
a combining form representing echinoderm in compound words: echinoid.
Also called echin-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for echin-


before a vowel echin-

combining form

indicating spiny or pricklyechinoderm

Word Origin for echino-

from New Latin, via Latin from Greek ekhinos sea urchin, hedgehog
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Medical definitions for echin-



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