a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “flank,” used with the meaning “abdominal wall” in the formation of compound words: laparotomy.

Nearby words

  1. lap-chart,
  2. lap-size,
  3. lapactic,
  4. lapar-,
  5. laparectomy,
  6. laparocele,
  7. laparorrhaphy,
  8. laparoscope,
  9. laparoscopy,
  10. laparotome

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. 2019

Medicine definitions for laparo-




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