Also especially before a vowel, sarc-.

Origin of sarco-

< Greek sark- (stem of sárx) + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for sarco-


before a vowel sarc-

combining form
  1. indicating fleshsarcoma

Word Origin for sarco-

from Greek sark-, sarx flesh
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Word Origin and History for sarco-

before vowels sarc-, word-forming element meaning "flesh, fleshy, of the flesh," from Latinized form of Greek sark-, comb. form of sarx "flesh" (see sarcasm).

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sarco- in Medicine


  1. Flesh:sarcocele.
  2. Striated muscle:sarcolemma.
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