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variant of myxo- before a vowel: myxasthenia.



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What does myx- mean?

Myx- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “mucus” or “slime.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.

Myx- comes from the Greek mýxa, meaning “mucus” or “slime.” The word mucus, from Latin, is related to the Greek mýxa.

Myx- is a variant of myxo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use myxo- article.

Examples of myx-

One example of a medical term that features myx- is myxasthenia, meaning “the defective secretion of mucus.”

The first part of the word, myx-, means “mucus,” as we now know. The second part of the word, -asthenia, means “lack or loss of strength; weakness.” Myxasthenia, then, literally translates to “mucus weakness.”

What are some words that use the combining form myx-?

What are some other forms that myx- may be commonly confused with?

While myxo- sounds like the word mix, the two are unrelated. You surely wouldn’t want your mixologist stirring in any mucus or slime into your drinks!

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The suffix oid is used to mean “resembling” or “like.” With this in mind, what does something described as myxoid resemble?