Also glotto-; especially before a vowel, gloss-.

Origin of glosso-

< Greek (Ionic), combining form of glôssa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for glosso-


before a vowel gloss-

combining form
  1. indicating a tongue or languageglossolaryngeal

Word Origin for glosso-

from Greek glossa tongue
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Word Origin and History for glosso-

word-forming element meaning "tongue," from Greek glosso-, comb. form of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).

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glosso- in Medicine


  1. Tongue:glossospasm.
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