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variant of utero- before a vowel: uteralgia.
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WORDS THAT USE UTER-

What does uter- mean?

Uter- is a combining form used like a prefix representing the word uterus, also known as the womb, where offspring are conceived and gestate in mammals. It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.

Uter- comes from the Latin uterus, meaning “womb” and “matrix.” Matrix? Find out the connection at our entry for matrix.

Related to the Latin uterus is the Greek hystéra, source of the related combining form hystero-. The combining form metro- can also indicate uterus.

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

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

Examples of uter-

A medical term that features the combining form uter- is uteralgia, “pain in or near the uterus.”

As we have seen, uter- represents “uterus.” The second part of the word, -algia, is a combining form meaning “pain.” Uteralgia literally translates to “uterus pain.”

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The suffix -itis is used to name diseases, particularly inflammation of an organ. With this in mind, what does the medical condition of uteritis involve?

How to use uter- in a sentence

Medical definitions for uter-

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