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a combining form meaning “air,” “breath,” “spirit,” used in the formation of compound words: pneumatology; pneumatophore.
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Also pneumo-; especially before a vowel, pneumat-

Origin of pneumato-

<Greek, combining form of pneûma;see pneuma
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What does pneumato- mean?

Pneumato- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “air,” “breath,” “spirit.” It is often used in medical and scientific terms, including in pathology.

Pneumato- comes from the Greek pneûma, meaning “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit.” Pneûma is also the origin of the adjective pneumatic, as in pneumatic tires.

What are variants of pneumato-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, pneumato- becomes pneumat-, as in pneumatosis. The combining form pneumo- is also used as a variant of pneumato-, as in pneumograph.

The Greek pneûma is also closely related to the combining form -pnea.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use -pnea article.

Examples of pneumato-

One example of a medical term that features pneumato– is pneumatocele, an abnormal pocket of air or gas that forms in the body. A pneumatocele can also refer to a hernia of the lung.

The first part of the word, pneumato-, means “air.” The second part of the word, cele, means “tumor.” Pneumatocele literally translates to “air tumor.”

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Based on the meaning of pneumato-, what does the instrument known as a pneumatometer measure?

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British Dictionary definitions for pneumato-


combining form
air; breath or breathing; spiritpneumatophore; pneumatology

Word Origin for pneumato-

from Greek pneuma, pneumat-, breath; see pneuma
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Medical definitions for pneumato-


Air; gas:pneumatocardia.
Breath; respiration:pneumatograph.
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