Origin of tricho-
Words nearby tricho-
WORDS THAT USE TRICHO-
What does tricho- mean?
Tricho- comes from the Greek thríx, meaning “hair.” Another combining form meaning “hair,” and especially “bristles,” is chaeto-, which you can learn more about in our Words That Use article for the form.
What are variants of tricho-?
Examples of tricho-
One example of a scientific term that features the combining form tricho- is tricholith, “a small mass of hair”—that is, a hairball.
The first part of the word, tricho-, means “hair.” What about the -lith portion of the word? The combining form -lith means “stone,” from the Greek líthos. In pathology, such a “stone” can denote various types of small masses or concretions. Tricholith literally translates to “hair stone.”
What are some words that use the combining form tricho-?
What are some other forms that tricho- may be commonly confused with?
In a few instances, tricho- is used to mean “three parts,” from the Greek trícha, source of trichotomy. This rare use of tricho- is modeled on dicho- (“in two parts”), which you can learn more about in our Words That Use article for this form.