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Idioms about lip

Origin of lip

First recorded before 1000; Middle English lip(pe),Old English lippa; cognate with Dutch lip, German Lippe; akin to Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

OTHER WORDS FROM lip

lip·less, adjectivelip·like, adjectiveout·lip, verb (used with object), out·lipped, out·lip·ping.un·der·lip, noun

Other definitions for lip (2 of 2)

lip-

variant of lipo-1 before a vowel: lipectomy, libase, lipemia.
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WORDS THAT USE LIP-

What does lip- mean?

Lip- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “fat.” It is used in many scientific and medical terms.

Lip- comes from the Greek lípos, meaning “fat.” It is not related to lip, as in the part of the mouth; that word is actually connected to the combining form labio-. The combining form lip- is also not to be confused with a second sense of lipo- meaning “lacking” or “leaving.”

Lip- is a variant of lipo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use lipo- article. You can also learn about the “lacking” sense of lipo- in this article.

Examples of lip-

A word you may have encountered that features the combining form lip- is lipid, “any of a group of organic compounds that are greasy to the touch, insoluble in water, and soluble in alcohol and ether.” In everyday language, it is often used as a synonym for “fat.”

The first part of the word, lip-, means “fat.” The second part of the word, -id, is a variant of -ide, which is used to indicate chemical compounds. Lipid literally translates to “fatty chemical.”

What are some words that use or are related to the combining form lip-?

What are some other forms that lip- may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form ectomy means “excision, removal.” With this in mind, what does the medical procedure of a lipectomy involve?

How to use lip in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lip (1 of 2)

lip
/ (lɪp) /

noun
verb lips, lipping or lipped
See also lip out

Derived forms of lip

lipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective

Word Origin for lip

Old English lippa; related to Old High German leffur, Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

British Dictionary definitions for lip (2 of 2)

lip-

combining form
a variant of lipo-
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Medical definitions for lip (1 of 2)

lip
[ lĭp ]

n.
Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
A liplike structure bounding or encircling a bodily cavity or groove.

Medical definitions for lip (2 of 2)

lip-

pref.
Variant oflipo-
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with lip

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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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