- a combining form meaning “four,” used in the formation of compound words: tetrabranchiate.
Also especially before a vowel, tetr-.
Origin of tetra-
< Greek, combining form of téttara, neuter of téttares four
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before a vowel tetr-
Word Origin for tetra-
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word-forming element meaning "four," from Greek tetra-, combining form of tettares, tessares "four" (see four).
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- Composed of or containing four atoms, molecules, or groups:tetrasaccharide.
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