1. a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “flank,” used with the meaning “abdominal wall” in the formation of compound words: laparotomy.
Also especially before a vowel, lapar-.

Origin of laparo-

combining form representing Greek lapára flank (literally, soft part), noun use of feminine of laparós soft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

laparo in Medicine


  1. Loin:laparotomy.
  2. Abdomen:laparocele.
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