a combining form meaning “similar,” used in the formation of compound words: homeostatic.

Origin of homeo-

< Greek homoio-, combining form of hómoios similar, like
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British Dictionary definitions for homeo-


homoeo- or homoio-

combining form

like or similarhomeomorphism

Word Origin for homeo-

from Latin homoeo-, from Greek homoio-, from homos same
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Word Origin and History for homeo-


word-forming element meaning "similar to," Latinized from Greek homio-, from homoios "like, resembling, of the same kind," related to or an expanded form of homos "one and the same," from PIE *sem- "one, as one" (see same).

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Medicine definitions for homeo-



Like; similar:homeostasis.
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