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Origin of osteo-
Words nearby osteo-
WORDS THAT USE OSTEO-
What does osteo- mean?
Osteo- comes from the Greek ostéon, meaning “bone.”
What are variants of osteo-?
Examples of osteo-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features osteo- is osteology, which is the branch of anatomy dealing with—you guessed it—the skeleton.
We know osteo- means “bone.” And -(o)logy? That means “study of,” ultimately from the Greek lógos, meaning “word,” among many other senses. Osteology, then, literally translates to “the study of bones.”
What are some words that use the combining form osteo-?
What are some other forms that osteo– may be commonly confused with?
Despite appearances, the word ostentatious, meaning “characterized by pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others,” does not use the Greek root osteo-. Learn where ostentatious comes from at our entry for the word.