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a combining form meaning “wet,” “moist,” “moisture,” used in the formation of compound words: hygrometer.

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Origin of hygro-

<Greek, combining form of hygrós wet, moist
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WORDS THAT USE HYGRO-

What does hygro- mean?

Hygro- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “wet,” “moist,” or “moisture.” It is often used in medical and scientific terms.

Hygro- comes from the Greek hygrós, meaning “wet” or “moist.”

What are variants of hygro-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, hygro- becomes hygr-, as in hygroma.

Examples of hygro-

One example of a scientific term that features the combining form hygro- is hygrometer, “any instrument for measuring the water-vapor content of the atmosphere.”

Hygro- means “moisture,” as we’ve seen. The second part of the word, -meter, means “measure.” Hygrometer, then, literally translates to “moisture measurer.”

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

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

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The combining form -phyte means “plant.” With this in mind, in what conditions does a hygrophyte plant thrive in?

British Dictionary definitions for hygro-

hygro-

before a vowel hygr-


combining form

indicating moisturehygrometer

Word Origin for hygro-

from Greek hugros wet
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Medical definitions for hygro-

hygro-

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Moisture; liquid; humidity:hygroscopic.
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