WORD ORIGIN a combining form meaning “tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: histology.
especially before a vowel
Origin of histo-
Greek, combining form of histós web (of a loom), tissue
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British Dictionary definitions for histo- histo- before a vowel hist- combining form indicating animal or plant tissue histology; histamine Word Origin for histo-
from Greek, from
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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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
pref. Body tissue: histogenesis.
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