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variant of metallo- especially before a vowel: metallurgy.
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metall.

abbreviation
metallurgical.
metallurgy.
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WORDS THAT USE METALL-

What does metall- mean?

The combining form metall- is used like a prefix meaning “metal.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in chemistry and medicine.

The form metall- comes from Greek métallon, meaning “metal, mine, quarry.” Yes, quarry! Discover why at our entry for metal.

What are variants of metall-?

The form metall- is a variant of metallo-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. A rare variant of metall- is metalli-, as in metalliferous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for both metalli- and metallo-.

Examples of metall-

A scientific term that features the form metall- is metalloid, “a nonmetal that in combination with a metal forms an alloy.” The word metalloid can also be used as an adjective to mean “resembling both a metal and a nonmetal.”

The metall- part of the word means “metal,” while the suffix -oid means “resembling” or “like.” Metalloid literally translates to “resembling metal” or “metal-like.”

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The suffix -ine has various meanings, including “made of.” With this in mind, what does the scientific term metalline mean?

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