Origin of my
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WORDS THAT USE MY-
What does my- mean?
My- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “muscle.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.
My- comes from the Greek mŷs, meaning “muscle” and “mouse.” Mouse? You read that right. Discover why at our entry for muscle!
My- is a variant of myo-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use myo– article.
Examples of my-
An example of a word you may have seen that features my- is myatonia, meaning “deficient muscle tone.”
We know my- means “muscle.” What about –atonia? It’s based on atonia (also atony), “lack of tone or energy.” Myatonia, then, literally translates to “lack of muscle tone or energy.” Learn more about atonia at our entry for the word.
What are some words that use the combining form my-?
What are some other forms that my- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters my- is necessarily using the combining form my- to denote “muscle,” e.g., myopic or myriad.
Break it down!
The noun asthenia means “lack or loss of strength; weakness.” With that in mind, what would a patient with myasthenia be experiencing?
How to use my in a sentence
Elsewhere, she tells her inamorata, “It does not matter if you elude my arms/my dear, when thought alone can imprison you.”Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But instead of a witty pop song, we have yet more woe-is-me-feel-my-pain from an overpaid, over-cosseted celebrity.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'|Tim Teeman|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Arab-My 1st mother language is Arabic; My Ethnic background is Arab.The Israeli Way of Death|Miranda Frum|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like, clap-my-hands-together-in-schoolgirl-like-glee over the moon to see it.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Save-my-show petitions and campaigns can only do so much to convince executives that a low-rated series deserves reviving.The ‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Smash: 5 Burning Questions|Kevin Fallon|March 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stella-my-niece opened her mouth showing astonishment and very pretty teeth.
Jehosophat wished he were as small as Hop-o'-my-Thumb, so that he could creep through the keyhole and never be seen at all.Seven O'Clock Stories|Robert Gordon Anderson
"Now, you wait and see if someone doesn't try to run off with him before we get home," said Stella-my-niece.
Then she pointed to a slim object propped against the seat between Stella-my-niece's blue skirt and my own striped garments.
“Heathcote, the weather is still cool, and we have all been talking of a grand Follow-my-leader run;” began Newland.Digby Heathcote|W.H.G. Kingston