a combining form meaning “oblique,” used in the formation of compound words: plagioclase.

Nearby words

  1. plagiarise,
  2. plagiarism,
  3. plagiarist,
  4. plagiarize,
  5. plagiary,
  6. plagiocephaly,
  7. plagioclase,
  8. plagioclimax,
  9. plagiohedral,
  10. plagiotropic

Origin of plagio-

combining form representing Greek plágios slanting, sideways, equivalent to plág(os) side + -ios adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for plagio-


combining form

slanting, inclining, or obliqueplagiotropism

Word Origin for plagio-

from Greek plagios, from plagos side

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Word Origin and History for plagio-


before vowels plagi-, word-forming element meaning "slanting, oblique," from comb. form of Greek plagios "oblique, slanting," from plagos "side," from PIE *plag- "flat, spread," from *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).

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Medicine definitions for plagio-



Slanting; inclining:plagiocephaly.

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