a combining form meaning “whole,” “entire,” used in the formation of compound words: holomorphic.

Nearby words

  1. holmes, oliver wendell, jr.,
  2. holmes, sherlock,
  3. holmes-adie syndrome,
  4. holmic,
  5. holmium,
  6. holobenthic,
  7. holoblastic,
  8. holocaine,
  9. holocarpic,
  10. holocaust

Origin of holo-

< Greek, combining form of hólos

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British Dictionary definitions for holo-


before a vowel hol-

combining form

whole or whollyholograph; holotype; Holarctic

Word Origin for holo-

from Greek holos

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Word Origin and History for holo-


before vowels, hol-, word-forming element meaning "whole, entire, complete," from Greek holo-, comb. form of holos "whole, entire, complete," also "safe and sound," from PIE *sol-wo-, from root *sol- (see safe (adj.)).

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Medicine definitions for holo-



Whole; entirely:holoblastic.

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