a combining form with the meanings “movement,” “movable,” “moving,” used in the formation of compound words: kinetograph; kinetosome.

Nearby words

  1. kinetic theory of heat,
  2. kinetic theory of matter,
  3. kineticism,
  4. kinetics,
  5. kinetin,
  6. kinetocardiogram,
  7. kinetochore,
  8. kinetogenic,
  9. kinetograph,
  10. kinetoplast

Origin of kineto-

< Greek kīnēt(ós) movable (equivalent to kīnē-, verbid stem of kīneîn to move + -tos adj. suffix) + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for kineto-


word-forming element meaning "motion," from Greek kineto-, comb. form of kinetos (see kinetic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for kineto-




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