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  1. a combining form meaning “nose,” used in the formation of compound words: rhinology.
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Also especially before a vowel, rhin-.

Origin of rhino-

< Greek rhīno-, combining form of rhī́s (stem rhīn-)
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British Dictionary definitions for rhino-


before a vowel rhin-

combining form
  1. indicating the nose or nasalrhinology
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Word Origin

from Greek rhis, rhin
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Word Origin and History for rhino-

before vowels rhin-, word-forming element meaning "nose, of the nose," from Greek rhino-, comb. form of rhis "nose," which is of uncertain origin.

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rhino- in Medicine


  1. Nose; nasal:rhinitis.
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