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”
Words nearby spiro-
, spirit varnish
, Spirit Wrestler
, spirit writing
Other definitions for spiro- (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: spirochete.
Also especially before a vowel, spir- .
Origin of spiro-2
Combining form of Latin spīra, from Greek speîra “coil”
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How to use spiro- in a sentence
The first, Spiro Agnew, won in 1966 as the liberal running against a segregationist Democrat.
Bill casually proposes to Hillary as the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew plays in the background.
Aaron Burr and Richard Cheney (Spiro Agnew's peccadilloes are miniscule in comparison), some two centuries apart.
Is Sarah Palin morphing from Spiro Agnew to the new Nixon before our eyes?
The real commander was a Greek captain, named Spiro Calligero.
Hundreds of Corfutes bear his name, now abridged into the familiar diminutive of "Spiro."
The spiro-bacteria, or micrococci, are the simplest of the fungi, and appear as minute organisms of spherical form.
The spiro-bacteria multiply by spores, although little is at present known of their life history.
The stout man looked at Denny and me; then he looked at Demetri and Spiro, who stood near us, smiling their usual grim smile.
British Dictionary definitions for spiro- (1 of 2)
indicating breath or respirationspirograph
Word Origin for spiro-
from Latin spīrāre to breathe
British Dictionary definitions for spiro- (2 of 2)
Word Origin for spiro-
from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil
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Medical definitions for spiro-
Spiral; coil; coil-shaped:spirillar.
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