spiro-

1

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

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Origin of spiro-

1
combining form of Latin spīrāre to breathe

Definition for spiro (2 of 3)

spiro-2

a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: spirochete.

Origin of spiro-

2
combining form of Latin spīra < Greek speîra coil

Definition for spiro (3 of 3)

dum spiro, spero
[ doo m spee-roh, spey-roh; English duhm spahy-roh, speer-oh ]
/ dʊm ˈspi roʊ, ˈspeɪ roʊ; English dʌm ˈspaɪ roʊ, ˈspɪər oʊ /

Latin.

while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina.
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British Dictionary definitions for spiro (1 of 2)

spiro-1

combining form

indicating breath or respirationspirograph

Word Origin for spiro-

from Latin spīrāre to breathe

British Dictionary definitions for spiro (2 of 2)

spiro-2

combining form

spiral; coilspirochaete

Word Origin for spiro-

from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil
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Medical definitions for spiro

spiro-

pref.

Spiral; coil; coil-shaped:spirillar.
Breath; breathing;spirograph.
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