Also pter-.

Origin of ptero-

< New Latin, combining form representing Greek pterón Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ptero-


combining form
  1. wing, feather, or a part resembling a wingpterodactyl

Word Origin for ptero-

from Greek pteron wing, feather
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Word Origin and History for ptero-

before vowels pter-, word-forming element in science meaning "feather; wing," from comb. form of Greek pteron "wing," from PIE *pt-ero- (cf. Sanskrit patram "wing, feather," Old Church Slavonic pero "pen," Old Norse fjöðr, Old English feðer), from root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.))

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ptero- in Medicine


  1. Wing; feather:pterion.
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