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

Origin of pneumato-

< Greek, combining form of pneûma; see pneuma Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pneumato-


combining form
  1. air; breath or breathing; spiritpneumatophore; pneumatology

Word Origin for pneumato-

from Greek pneuma, pneumat-, breath; see pneuma
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Word Origin and History for pneumato-

before vowels pneumat-, word-forming element meaning "wind, air, spirit, presence of air," from comb. form of Greek pneuma (genitive pneumatos); see pneuma.

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pneumato- in Medicine


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