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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English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Also especially before a vowel, stere-.
Origin of stereo-
From the Greek word stereós
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British Dictionary definitions for stereo-
sometimes before a vowel stere-
indicating three-dimensional quality or soliditystereoscope
Word Origin for stereo-
from Greek stereos solid
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Medicine definitions for stereo-
Solid; solid body:stereotropism.
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