a combining form meaning “proper to one,” “peculiar,” used in the formation of compound words: idiomorphic.
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Origin of idio-
<Greek, combining form of ídios (one's) own, personal, private, separate, distinct
Words nearby idio-
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British Dictionary definitions for idio-
indicating peculiarity, isolation, or that which pertains to an individual person or thingidiolect
Word Origin for idio-
from Greek idios private, separate
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Medical definitions for idio-
One's own; private; personal:idiosyncrasy.
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