a combining form meaning “place,” “local,” used in the formation of compound words: topography; topology.
Also especially before a vowel, top-.

Origin of topo-

combining form of Greek tópos place, commonplace Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for topo

  • One of its branches, the Topo, is one continued rapid; "of those who have fallen into it, only one has come out alive."

British Dictionary definitions for topo (1 of 2)

/ (ˈtɒpəʊ) /

noun plural topos

mountaineering a picture of a mountain with details of climbing routes superimposed on it

Word Origin for topo

C20: shortened from topographical picture

British Dictionary definitions for topo (2 of 2)


before a vowel top-

combining form

indicating place or regiontopography; topology; toponym; topotype

Word Origin for topo-

from Greek topos a place, commonplace
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Medicine definitions for topo



Place; area:topoanesthesia.
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