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

Also especially before a vowel, nos-.

Origin of noso-

combining form representing Greek nósos disease, sickness, malady Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for noso-


before a vowel nos-

combining form


Word Origin for noso-

from Greek nosos
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Word Origin and History for noso-

word-forming element meaning "disease," from comb. form of Greek nosos "disease, sickness, malady," of unknown origin.

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noso- in Medicine



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