Origin of idio-

< Greek, combining form of ídios (one's) own, personal, private, separate, distinct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for idio-


combining form
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for idio-

word-forming element meaning "one's own, personal, distinct," from Greek idio-, comb. form of idios "own, personal, private, one's own" (see idiom).

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idio- in Medicine


  1. One's own; private; personal:idiosyncrasy.
  2. Distinct; separate:idioventricular.
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