a combining form meaning “different,” “other,” used in the formation of compound words: heterocyclic.
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 especially before a vowel, heter-.
Origin of hetero-
combining form of Greek héteros the other of two, other, different
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British Dictionary definitions for hetero-
other, another, or differentheterodyne; heterophony; heterosexual Compare homo-
Word Origin for hetero-
from Greek heteros other
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Medicine definitions for hetero-
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Science definitions for hetero-
A prefix that means different or other, as in heterophyllous, having different kinds of leaves.
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