- a combining form meaning “thin,” “fine,” “slight,” used in the formation of compound words: leptophyllous.
Also especially before a vowel, lept-.
Origin of lepto-
< Greek lepto-, combining form of leptós thin, slight, fine, literally, stripped, equivalent to lép(ein) to strip + -tos adj. suffix
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before a vowel lept-
- fine, slender, or slightleptosome
Word Origin for lepto-
from Greek leptos thin, literally: peeled, from lepein to peel
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- Slender; thin; fine:leptocyte.
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