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variant of terato- before a vowel: teratoid.
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WORDS THAT USE TERAT-

What does terat- mean?

Terat- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “monster.” It is used in some scientific and medical terms, including in pathology, or to indicate something especially unusual or abnormal in size, composition, or appearance.

Terat- comes from the Greek téras, meaning “monster, marvel.” The combining form tera-, as in terabyte, shares the same Greek root, though tera- is used to mean “trillion.” Learn more in our Words That Use article for the form tera-.

What are variants of terat-?

Terat- is a variant of terato-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use terato article.

Examples of terat-

An example of a word you may have seen that features terat- is teratoma, “a tumor made up of different types of tissue.”

The first part of the word, terat-, means “monster,” while the form -oma is used to form names of tumors or swellings. Teratoma literally translates to “monster tumor,” that is, an abnormally large tumor.

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

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

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The suffix -oid means “resembling” or “like.” With this in mind, what does teratoid mean?

How to use terat- in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for terat-

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combining form
indicating a monster or something abnormalteratism; teratoid

Word Origin for terat-

from Greek terat-, teras monster, prodigy
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