a combining form meaning “sharp,” “acute,” “keen,” “pointed,” “acid,” used in the formation of compound words: oxycephalic; oxygen; oxymoron.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of oxy-1
< Greek, combining form of oxýs sharp, keen, acid
Definition for oxy- (2 of 2)
a combining form representing oxygen in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxychloride.
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British Dictionary definitions for oxy- (1 of 2)
denoting something sharp; acuteoxytone
Word Origin for oxy-
from Greek, from oxus
British Dictionary definitions for oxy- (2 of 2)
containing or using oxygenoxyacetylene
a former equivalent of hydroxy-
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Medicine definitions for oxy-
Oxygen, especially additional oxygen:oxygenation.
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