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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.
What are variants of hystero-?
Examples of hystero-
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.”
What are some words that use the combining form hystero-?
What are some other forms that hystero- may be commonly confused with?