- a combining form meaning “stone,” used in the formation of compound words: lithography; lithonephrotomy.
Also especially before a vowel, lith-.
Origin of litho-
< Greek, combining form of líthos
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before a vowel lith-
from Latin, from Greek, from lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for litho-
before vowels, lith-, word-forming element meaning "stone, rock;" from comb. form of Greek lithos "stone, a precious stone, marble; a piece on a game board," of unknown origin.
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- Mineral concretion; calculus:lithotomy.
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