Origin of levo

by shortening


  1. a combining form meaning “left,” “levorotatory,” used in the formation of compound words: levoglucose; levorotation.
Also laevo-; especially before a vowel, lev-.

Origin of levo-

representing Latin laevus left, on the left; see -o-
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for levo

Contemporary Examples of levo

Historical Examples of levo

  • They're called d- and l-isomers—d for dextro, l for levo; right and left, you see.

    A Feast of Demons

    William Morrison

British Dictionary definitions for levo


combining form
  1. a US variant of laevo-

Word Origin for levo-

from Latin laevus left, on the left
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for levo


word-forming element meaning "toward the left," from French lévo-, from Latin laevus "left" (see left (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

levo in Medicine


  1. To the left:levorotation.
  2. Levorotatory:levulose.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.