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a combining form meaning “mucus” or “slime,” used in the formation of compound words: myxoneurosis.



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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
Also especially before a vowel, myx-.

Origin of myxo-

Combining form representing Greek mýxa
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What does myxo- mean?

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

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

What are variants of myxo-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, myxo- becomes myx, as in myxadenoma.

Examples of myxo-

One example of a scientific term that features myxo- is myxocyte, a type of cell found in mucus tissue.

The word myxocyte is made of two combining forms. The first, as we’ve seen, is myxo-, meaning “mucus.” The second, -cyte, means “cell.” Myxocyte literally translates, then, to “mucus cell.”

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

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

While myxo- sounds like the word mix, the two are unrelated—and you definitely wouldn’t want your mixologist adding in any mucus or slime into your drinks.

Break it down!

Myxovirus is a name for a group of viruses, some of which can cause the common cold.

Based on their name, these viruses react to proteins that can be found in what substance?

British Dictionary definitions for myxo- (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmɪksəʊ) /


Australian slang short for myxomatosis

British Dictionary definitions for myxo- (2 of 2)


before a vowel myx-

combining form

mucus or slimemyxomycete

Word Origin for myxo-

from Greek muxa slime, mucus
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Medical definitions for myxo-



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