Origin of nephro-
Words nearby nephro-
WORDS THAT USE NEPHRO-
What does nephro- mean?
Nephro- comes from the Greek nephrós, meaning “kidney, kidneys.” The Latin word for kidney is rēnēs, yielding such English words as renal.
What are variants of nephro-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, nephro- becomes nephr-, as in nephralgia.
Examples of nephro-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features nephro- is nephrolith, “a renal calculus; kidney stone.” (Ouch.)
Nephro-, as we’ve seen, means “kidney,” and -lith is a combining form meaning “stone.” So, a nephrolith literally translates to “kidney stone.”
What are some words that use the combining form nephro-?
What are some other forms that nephro– may be commonly confused with?
Be mindful that many other words begin with neph- but aren’t using the full combining form nephro- to denote “kidneys,” such as nephew or nephanalysis. Discover what nephanalysis has to do with mapping clouds at our entry for the word.
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