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

Nearby words

  1. mylonite,
  2. myna,
  3. mynah,
  4. mynes,
  5. mynheer,
  6. myo-inositol,
  7. myoarchitectonic,
  8. myoatrophy,
  9. myoblast,
  10. myoblastic

Also especially before a vowel, my-.

Origin of myo-

combining form representing Greek mŷs mouse, muscle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for myo-


before a vowel my-

combining form


Word Origin for myo-

from Greek mus muscle

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Word Origin and History for myo-


before vowels my-, word-forming element meaning "muscle," from comb. form of Greek mys "muscle," literally "mouse" (see muscle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for myo-




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