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Origin of lepto
Definition for lepto (2 of 2)
Origin of lepto-
WORDS THAT USE LEPTO-
What does lepto- mean?
Lepto- comes from the Greek leptós, variously meaning “thin, slight, fine, small,” with a literal sense of “stripped.” Leptós is also the source of leptin, a hormone thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.
What are variants of lepto-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, lepto- can become lept-.
Examples of lepto-
One example of a term that features the combining form lepto- is leptocyte. A leptocyte is an abnormally thin or flattened red blood cell having a central rounded pigmented area, a middle pigmentless zone, and a pigmented edge.
The first part of the word, lepto-, can mean “thin,” as we’ve seen. The combining form –cyte might look familiar, too; it means “cell.” Leptocyte, then, literally translates to “thin cell.”
Another word that uses lepto- is leptospirosis, an infectious disease that can cause fever, muscle pain, jaundice, and more sometimes more severe liver and kidney problems in humans, dogs, horses, pigs, and other animals. Popularly known as lepto for short, leptospirosis takes its name from leptospira, a kind of spiral-shaped bacteria that can cause the disease. Dogs commonly get leptospirosis from exposure to water, soil, urine, and rodents carrying the bacteria; antibiotics can help treat leptospirosis and a vaccine can help prevent it.
What are some words that use the combining form lepto-?
What are some other forms that lepto- may be commonly confused with?