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  1. a combining form of Latin origin used, with the meanings “rainbow,” “iridescent,” “iris (of the eye),” “Iris (the genus),” and “iridium,” in the formation of compound words: iridopupillary; iridosmine; iridotomy.
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Also especially before a vowel, irid-.

Origin of irido-

combining form representing New Latin, Latin, Greek īrid- (stem of îris) rainbow, iris, etc.; see iris
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British Dictionary definitions for irido-


before a vowel irid-

combining form
  1. denoting the iris of the eye or the genus of plantsiridaceous
  2. denoting a rainbowiridescent
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Word Origin

from Latin irid-, iris
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irido- in Medicine


  1. Iris of the eye:iridectomy.
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