- a combining form meaning “kidney,” used in the formation of compound words: nephrolith.
Also especially before a vowel, nephr-.
Origin of nephro-
combining form representing Greek nephrós kidney, kidneys
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before a vowel nephr-
- kidney or kidneysnephrotomy
from Greek nephros
Word Origin and History for nephro-
before vowels nephr-, word-forming element meaning "kidney, kidneys," from nephro-, comb. form of Greek nephros "kidney" (see nephron).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Kidney; kidneylike structure:nephrotomy.