Origin of hystero-
Words nearby hystero-
WORDS THAT USE HYSTERO-
What does hystero- mean?
Hystero- is a combining form used like a prefix representing the word uterus, also known as the womb, where offspring are conceived and gestate in mammals. It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.
Hystero- comes from the Greek hystéra, meaning “womb,” “uterus.” If that Greek word looks familiar, it might be because you recognize another one of its derivatives: hysteria, “an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.” The ancient Greeks believed that this behavior was particular to women and caused by disturbances in the uterus. Learn more about this surprising (and problematic) etymology at our entry for hysteric.
Related to the Greek hystéra is the Latin uterus, source of the related combining form utero-. The combining form metro- can also indicate uterus.
What are variants of hystero-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, hystero- becomes hyster-, as in hysterectomy.
Examples of hystero-
An example of a medical term that features the combining form hystero- is hysterotomy, also known as uterotomy, “the operation of cutting into the uterus,” as in a C-section.
The first part of the word, hystero-, means “uterus.” What about -tomy? It is a combining form meaning “incision, cutting.” Hysterotomy literally translates to “uterus incision.”
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The combining form -gram can refer to types of medical images, like x-rays. With this in mind, what is a hysterogram?
How to use hystero- in a sentence
It is with regard to these that the term hystero-epilepsy almost seems justified.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
On the maternal side there is a somewhat neurotic heredity, and she is herself subject to attacks of hystero-epileptoid character.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
“Such a cruel ruse,” sobbed her ladyship, in hystero-tragic tones.Lady Maude's Mania|George Manville Fenn
The same symptoms revived in the extraordinary epidemic called the hystero-demonopathy, which visited Morzine, in Savoy, in 1857.Lancashire Folk-lore|John Harland
This patient's visions of corpses, occurring almost always in attacks, recall the states occasionally seen in hystero-epilepsy.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung