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

Nearby words

  1. sphecid,
  2. sphen-,
  3. sphene,
  4. sphenic,
  5. sphenion,
  6. sphenocephaly,
  7. sphenodon,
  8. sphenoethmoidal suture,
  9. sphenogram,
  10. sphenographic

Also especially before a vowel, sphen-.

Origin of spheno-

< New Latin < Greek sphḗn wedge + -o- -o-

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British Dictionary definitions for spheno-


before a vowel sphen-

combining form

having the shape of a wedgesphenogram

Word Origin for spheno-

from Greek sphēn wedge

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Word Origin and History for spheno-


word-forming element meaning "wedge," from comb. form of Greek sphen "wedge," probably cognate with Old Norse spann "splinter," Old English spon "chip of wood" (see spoon (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for spheno-



Wedge; wedge-shaped:sphenocephaly.

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