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a combining form meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pediform.
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Also especially before a vowel, ped-.

Origin of pedi-

Combining form of Latin ped- (stem of pēs) foot
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What does pedi- mean?

The combining form pedi– is used like a prefix meaning “foot.” It is occasionally used in scientific and technical terms.

The form pedi– comes from Latin pēs, meaning “foot.” The Greek cognate of pēs is poús, “foot,” which is the source of numerous combining forms that relate to the lower extremities, including pod, podo, pod, poda, pode, podium, and podous. Discover more at our Words That Use articles for each of these seven forms.

What are variants of pedi-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, pedi– becomes ped, as in pedal, which comes from the equivalent of the form in Latin. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for ped-.

Examples of pedi-

An example of a word you may have encountered that features pedi– is pedicab, “a small, three-wheeled public conveyance that a driver operates by pedals; a cycle rickshaw.”

We know pedi– means “foot,” while the cab portion of the word is short for cabriolet, “a light, two-wheeled carriage.” Pedicab literally translates to “foot carriage.”

What are some words that use the combining form pedi-?

What are some other forms that pedi– may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters pedi– or ped-, such as pediatrics or pedigree, is necessarily using the combining form pedi– to denote “foot.” Learn why pedigree means “lineage” at our entry for the word.

Break it down!

The combining form form means “having the form of.” With this in mind, what does pediform mean?

How to use pedi- in a sentence

  • Hunc gestant ulnis angeli,Ne lapis officiat pedi;Ne luce timor occupet,Aut nocte pestis incubet.

    The Saint's Tragedy|Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for pedi- (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpɛdɪ) /

Also called: Northern Sotho a member of a subgroup of the Sotho people resident in the Transvaal
the dialect of Sotho spoken by this people

British Dictionary definitions for pedi- (2 of 2)


combining form
indicating the footpedicure

Word Origin for pedi-

from Latin pēs, ped- foot
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