spiro-

1

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

Nearby words

  1. spiritus asper,
  2. spiritus frumenti,
  3. spiritus lenis,
  4. spiritus vinosus,
  5. spirketting,
  6. spirochaeta,
  7. spirochaete,
  8. spirochaetosis,
  9. spirochete,
  10. spirochetemia

Origin of spiro-

1
combining form of Latin spīrāre to breathe

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

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British Dictionary definitions for spiro-

spiro-

1

combining form

indicating breath or respirationspirograph

Word Origin for spiro-

from Latin spīrāre to breathe

combining form

spiral; coilspirochaete

Word Origin for spiro-

from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil

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Medicine definitions for spiro-

spiro-

pref.

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

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