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

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Origin of spiro-

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Combining form of Latin spīrāre “to breathe”

Definition for spiro- (2 of 2)

spiro-2

a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: spirochete.
Also especially before a vowel, spir- .

Origin of spiro-

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Combining form of Latin spīra, from Greek speîra “coil”
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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-

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