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Origin of fibro-
WORDS THAT USE FIBRO-
What does fibro- mean?
Fibro- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “fiber” (or “fibre,” in British English). It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology, referring to slender, threadlike parts of nerve, muscle, or connective tissue.
Fibro- comes from the Latin fibra, meaning “fiber, filament, entrails.” Outside of medicine, fiber has a wide variety of senses in areas ranging from botany to optics to chemistry to nutrition, of course. Be sure to get your fill of fiber at our entry for the word.
What are variants of fibro-?
Examples of fibro-
One example of a medical term you may be familiar with that features the combining form fibro- is fibromyalgia, “a syndrome characterized by fatigue and chronic pain in the muscles and in tissues surrounding the joints.”
The combining form fibro- means “fiber,” specifically muscle and tissue fiber in this word. Myalgia means “pain in the muscles.” Fibromyalgia literally translates to “muscle fiber pain.”
What are some words that use the combining form fibro-?
What are some other forms that fibro- may be commonly confused with?
Example sentences from the Web for fibro-
The section of the stalk shows a single U-shaped fibro-vascular bundle, and a strong outer sclerenchymatous sheath.
The root-stock contains six or eight roundish or flattened fibro-vascular bundles arranged in a circle near the outer surface.
The fibro-vascular system in the leaf constitutes the venation.
Threads of fibro-vascular tissue in a leaf, petal, or other flat organ.Michigan Trees|Charles Herbert Otis
The fibro-vascular bundles consist mainly of bast and wood fibers and vessels.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for fibro- (1 of 2)
noun Australian informal
- short for fibrocement
- (as modifier)a fibro shack