noun, plural sten·os for 1.

a stenographer.
the art or practice of a stenographer; stenography.

Origin of steno

1910–15; by shortening; see steno-


or stenog

Origin of steno.

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; by shortening


a combining form meaning “narrow,” “close,” used in the formation of compound words: stenopetalous.

Origin of steno-

From the Greek word stenós Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for steno


noun plural stenos

US and Canadian informal short for stenographer


before a vowel sten-

combining form

indicating narrowness or contractionstenography; stenosis

Word Origin for steno-

from Greek stenos narrow
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steno in Medicine



Narrow; small:stenothorax.
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