a combining form meaning “height,” “altitude,” used in the formation of compound words: hypsometer.

Also hypsi-.

Origin of hypso-

< Greek, combining form of hýpsos height; akin to hypo-, up
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British Dictionary definitions for hypsi-


before a vowel hyps-

combining form

indicating heighthypsometry

Word Origin for hypso-

from Greek hupsos
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Word Origin and History for hypsi-

word-forming element meaning "on high," from Greek hypsi "aloft, on high," related to hypsos "height;" cognate with Sanskrit os "above, over," Old Church Slavonic vysoku "high."

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