a combining form meaning “tongue, word, speech,” used in the formation of compound words: glossology.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Also glotto-; especially before a vowel, gloss-.
Origin of glosso-
< Greek (Ionic), combining form of glôssa
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British Dictionary definitions for glosso-
before a vowel gloss-
indicating a tongue or languageglossolaryngeal
Word Origin for glosso-
from Greek glossa tongue
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Medicine definitions for glosso-
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