a combining form meaning “place,” “local,” used in the formation of compound words: topography; topology.
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, top-.
Origin of topo-
combining form of Greek tópos place, commonplace
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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."The Andes and the Amazon|James Orton
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-
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
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