Also especially before a vowel, mast-.

Origin of masto-

combining form representing Greek mastós breast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for masto-


before a vowel mast-

combining form
  1. indicating the breast, mammary glands, or something resembling a breast or nipplemastodon; mastoid

Word Origin for masto-

from Greek mastos breast
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Word Origin and History for masto-

before vowels mast-, word-forming element meaning "breast," from comb. form of Greek mastos "woman's breast," from madan "to be wet, to flow," from PIE *mad- "wet, moist, dripping" (cf. Latin madere "be moist;" Albanian mend "suckle;" see mast (n.2)).

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masto- in Medicine


  1. Breast; mammary gland; nipple:mastectomy.
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