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hist

[ st, sst; spelling pronunciation hist ]
/ st, sst; spelling pronunciation hɪst /
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interjection
(a sibilant exclamation used to attract attention or urge silence).
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Origin of hist

First recorded in 1595–1605; representing in writing the sound sequence st

Other definitions for hist (2 of 3)

hist-

variant of histo- before a vowel: histidine.

Other definitions for hist (3 of 3)

hist.

abbreviation
histology.
historian.
historical.
history.
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WORDS THAT USE HIST-

What does hist- mean?

The combining form hist- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “tissue.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

In some instances, such as in the term histamine, hist- is an abbreviation of histidine, an amino acid needed for tissue repair.

The form hist- comes from Greek histós, meaning “web (of a loom)” or “tissue.”

What are variants of hist-?

The form hist- is a variant of histo-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. In some rare instances, hist- becomes histio-, as in histioblast. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for histo- and histio-.

Another variant of histo- before an element beginning with a vowel is histi-, as in histioid.

Examples of hist-

Histoid, or histioid, meaning “resembling normal tissue in structure,” is one example of a medical term that features the form hist-.

The hist- portion of the word means “tissue,” while the suffix -oid means “resembling, like,” from Greek -oeidēs. Histoid literally translates to “resembling tissue.”

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

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

The word history and related terms begin with the letters histo- or hist- but do not use histo- as a combining form to mean “tissue.” Find out why history comes from the Greek word for “one who knows and sees” at our entry for the word.

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The suffix -oma is used to name tumors. With this in mind, what is an everyday description of the medical condition histoma?

How to use hist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hist

hist
/ (hɪst) /

interjection
an exclamation used to attract attention or as a warning to be silent
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Medical definitions for hist

hist-

pref.
Variant ofhisto-
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