photo

[ foh-toh ]
/ ˈfoʊ toʊ /

noun, plural pho·tos.

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Origin of photo

First recorded in 1855–60; shortened form of photograph

Definition for photo (2 of 2)

photo-

a combining form meaning “light” (photobiology); also used to represent “photographic” or “photograph” in the formation of compound words: photocopy.
Also especially before a vowel, phot-.

Origin of photo-

< Greek, combining form of phôs (genitive phōtós)
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British Dictionary definitions for photo (1 of 2)

photo
/ (ˈfəʊtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

British Dictionary definitions for photo (2 of 2)

photo-

combining form

of, relating to, or produced by lightphotosynthesis
indicating a photographic processphotolithography

Word Origin for photo-

from Greek phōs, phōt- light
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Medical definitions for photo

photo-

pref.

Light; radiant energy:photosynthesis.
Photographic:photofluorography.
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Scientific definitions for photo

photo-

A prefix that means “light,” as in photoreceptor.
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