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a combining form meaning “darkness,” used in the formation of compound words: scotoma.

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Origin of scoto-

<Latin <Greek skoto- combining form of skótos darkness

Definition for scoto- (2 of 2)

Scoto-

a combining form representing Scots or Scottish in compound words: Scoto-Irish.

Origin of Scoto-

Combining form of Medieval Latin ScōtusScot
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WORDS THAT USE SCOTO-

What does scoto- mean?

Scoto- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “darkness.” It is used in medical and scientific terms.

In some instances and when spelled with a capital letter, Scoto- stands for Scots or Scottish, as in Scoto-Irish.

Scoto- comes from the Greek skótos, meaning “darkness.” This Greek root is unrelated to Scots, Scottish, and Scotland. Learn more about the origin of Scot at our entry for the word.

Examples of scoto-

One example of a term that features the combining form scoto- is scotophobia, “an irrational or disproportionate fear of the dark.”

We know scoto- means “darkness.” The second part of the word, -phobia, means “fear.” Scotophobia literally translates to “fear of darkness.”

What are some words that use or are related to the combining form scoto-?

What are some other forms that scoto- may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form -philia means “love or liking.” With this in mind, what does scotophilia literally mean?

How to use scoto- in a sentence

Medical definitions for scoto-

scoto-

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Darkness:scotophobia.
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