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  1. a combining form meaning “fat,” used in the formation of compound words: lipolysis.
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Also especially before a vowel, lip-.

Origin of lipo-1

combining form representing Greek lípos fat


  1. a combining form meaning “lacking,” “leaving,” used in the formation of compound words: lipography.
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Origin of lipo-2

< Greek, combining form of lip-, weak stem of leípein to leave, be lacking; see -o-
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British Dictionary definitions for lipo-


before a vowel lip-

combining form
  1. fat or fattylipoprotein
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Word Origin

from Greek lipos fat
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Word Origin and History for lipo-

word-forming element meaning "fat" (n.), from Greek lipo-, comb. form of lipos "fat" (n.), from PIE root *leip- "to stick, adhere," also used to form words for "fat," see leave (v.)).

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lipo- in Medicine


  1. Fat; fatty; fatty tissue:lipolysis.
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