a combining form meaning “fat,” used in the formation of compound words: lipolysis.

Nearby words

  1. lipizzaner,
  2. lipless,
  3. lipmann,
  4. lipmann, fritz albert,
  5. lipo,
  6. lipoarthritis,
  7. lipoate,
  8. lipoatrophy,
  9. lipoblast,
  10. lipoblastoma

Also especially before a vowel, lip-.

Origin of lipo-

combining form representing Greek lípos fat



a combining form meaning “lacking,” “leaving,” used in the formation of compound words: lipography.

Origin of lipo-

< Greek, combining form of lip-, weak stem of leípein to leave, be lacking; see -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lipo-


before a vowel lip-

combining form

fat or fattylipoprotein

Word Origin for lipo-

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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Medicine definitions for lipo-



Fat; fatty; fatty tissue:lipolysis.

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