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erythro-

  1. a combining form meaning “red,” used in the formation of compound words:

    erythrocyte.



erythro-

combining_form

  1. red

    erythrocyte



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Word History and Origins

Origin of erythro-1

From the Greek word erythrós red, reddish

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Word History and Origins

Origin of erythro-1

from Greek eruthros red

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Example Sentences

It is composed chiefly of achroo-dextrin, mixed with varying quantities of erythro-dextrin and glucose.

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Words That Use erythro-

What does erythro- mean?

Erythro- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “red.” It is often used in chemistry and medicine, and occasionally in geology.

Erythro- comes from the Greek erythrós, meaning “red” or “reddish.”

What are variants of erythro-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, erythro- becomes erythr-, as in erythrite.

Examples of erythro-

One word you may be familiar with that uses the prefix erythro- is erythrocyte, a term used in physiology for a red blood cell.

You are now familiar with erythro-, meaning “red.” The combining form cyte, a variant of cyto-, means “cell.” Putting it all together, an erythrocyte literally translates to “red (blood) cell.” Learn more about the origin cyto- at our entry for the word.

Another word you may have encountered that includes erythro- is erythromycin, an antibiotic widely used to treat bacterial infections.

What are some words that use the combining form erythro-?

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

 

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The suffix -phobia means “fear.” With this in mind, what does someone with erythrophobia fear?

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