a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “solid”, used with reference to hardness, solidity, three-dimensionality in the formation of compound words: stereochemistry; stereogram; stereoscope.
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Also especially before a vowel, stere-.
Origin of stereo-
From the Greek word stereós
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sometimes before a vowel stere-
indicating three-dimensional quality or soliditystereoscope
Word Origin for stereo-
from Greek stereos solid
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word-forming element, before vowels stere-, from comb. form of Greek stereos "solid" (see stereotype).
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Solid; solid body:stereotropism.
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