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steno

[ sten-oh ]
/ ˈstɛn oʊ /
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noun, plural sten·os for 1.

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

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Origin of steno

1910–15; by shortening; see steno-

Definition for steno (2 of 3)

steno-

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

Origin of steno-

From the Greek word stenós

Definition for steno (3 of 3)

steno.

or stenog


abbreviation

stenographer.
stenographic.
stenography.

Origin of steno.

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; by shortening
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WORDS THAT USE STENO-

What does steno- mean?

Steno- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “narrow” or “close.”  It is used in a variety of medical, scientific, and other technical terms, especially in biology.

Steno- comes from the Greek stenós, meaning “narrow.”

Examples of steno-

An example of a word you may have encountered that features the combining form steno- is stenography, “the act of writing in shorthand.”

Shorthand is a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases. A person who specializes in taking dictation in shorthand, such as in court, is a stenographer.

Stenographer and stenography are sometimes referred to as steno for short.

As we have seen, steno- literally means “narrow,” here implying “short” or “contracted” writing (as opposed to longhand). What about -graphy? That’s right, it denotes a process or form of writing. Stenography literally translates to “narrow writing.”

What are some words that use the combining form steno-?

What are some other forms that steno- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -phagous means “eating” or “feeding on.” Based on the meaning of steno-, does a stenophagous organism feed on a wide variety of foods?

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British Dictionary definitions for steno (1 of 2)

steno
/ (ˈstɛnəʊ) /

noun plural stenos

US and Canadian informal short for stenographer

British Dictionary definitions for steno (2 of 2)

steno-

before a vowel sten-


combining form

indicating narrowness or contractionstenography; stenosis

Word Origin for steno-

from Greek stenos narrow
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Medical definitions for steno

steno-

pref.

Narrow; small:stenothorax.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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