Also especially before a vowel, oste-.

Origin of osteo-

< Greek, combining form of ostéon
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British Dictionary definitions for osteo-


before a vowel oste-

combining form
  1. indicating bone or bonesosteopathy

Word Origin for osteo-

from Greek osteon
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Word Origin and History for osteo-

before vowels oste-, word-forming element meaning "bone, bones," from Greek osteon "bone" (see osseous).

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osteo- in Medicine


  1. Bone:osteoarthritis.
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