a combining form meaning “tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: histology.
Also especially before a vowel, hist-.

Origin of histo-

< Greek, combining form of histós web (of a loom), tissue
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British Dictionary definitions for histo-


before a vowel hist-

combining form

indicating animal or plant tissuehistology; histamine

Word Origin for histo-

from Greek, from histos web
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Word Origin and History for histo-


medical word-forming element, from Greek histos "warp, web," literally "anything set upright," from histasthai "to stand," from PIE *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Taken by 19c. medical writers as the best Greek root from which to form terminology for "tissue."

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Medicine definitions for histo-



Body tissue:histogenesis.
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