Origin of electro

by shortening


  1. a combining form representing electric or electricity in compound words: electromagnetic.
Also especially before a vowel, electr-.

Origin of electro-

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British Dictionary definitions for electro


noun plural -tros
  1. short for electroplate, electrotype


sometimes before a vowel electr-

combining form
  1. electric or electricallyelectrocardiograph; electrocute
  2. electrolyticelectroanalysis

Word Origin for electro-

from New Latin, from Latin ēlectrum amber, from Greek ēlektron
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Word Origin and History for electro


before vowels electr-, word-forming element meaning "electrical, electricity," Latinized form of Greek elektro-, comb. form of elektron "amber" (see electric).

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electro in Medicine


  1. Electricity; electric; electrically:electrocautery.
  2. Electron:electronegative.
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