a combining form meaning “outer,” “outside,” “external,” used in the formation of compound words: ectoderm.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Also especially before a vowel, ect-.
Origin of ecto-
Combining form of Greek ektós outside
Words nearby ecto-
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British Dictionary definitions for ecto-
indicating outer, outside, externalectoplasm
Word Origin for ecto-
from Greek ektos outside, from ek, ex out
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Medical definitions for ecto-
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