WORDS THAT USE PY-
What does py- mean?
Py- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “pus.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.
Py- comes from the Greek pýon, meaning “pus.”
Py- is a variant of pyo-, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use pyo- article.
Examples of py-
This one’s not for the squeamish. One medical term that features the combining form py- is pyemesis, meaning “the vomiting of pus.”
The first part of the word, py- means “pus.” The second part of the word, emesis, is a medical term for “vomiting. Literally translated, pyemesis is “pus vomiting.”
What are some words that use the combining form py-?
What are some other forms that py- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters py- is necessarily using the combining forming py- to denote “pus,” e.g., pyre or pylon. Discover their origins at our entries for the words.
How to use py- in a sentence
If dat preacher goes to run a bar agin me,” he says, “py golly, I makes no more moneys!Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
Den I run after dem, und da vos go py a cellar full of vater.
He vos caught Dom py der throat und knock his head py der vall chust so hard like nefer vos!
Py shiminy grickets, oof you hit me mit a flad-iron I vill mad be as some hornets.
Py shinks, I haf peen vatching as sharp as some veasels, aber I don'd see nodding.