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British Dictionary definitions for piezo-


combining form
  1. pressurepiezometer

Word Origin for piezo-

from Greek piezein to press
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Word Origin and History for piezo-

word-forming element meaning "pressure," from comb. form of Greek piezein "to press tight, squeeze," from PIE *pi-sed-yo- "to sit upon" (cf. Sanskrit pidayati "presses, oppresses"), from *pi "on," short for *epi (see epi-) + *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary). First in piezometer (1820); in common use in word formation from c.1900.

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