utero-


a combining form representing uterus in compound words: uterovaginal.

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WORDS THAT USE UTERO-

What does utero- mean?

Utero- 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.

Utero- 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.

What are variants of utero-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, utero- becomes uter-, as in uteralgia.

Examples of utero-

One example of a medical term that features the combining form utero- is uterotomy, also known as hysterotomy, “the operation of cutting into the uterus,” as in a C-section.

As we have seen, utero- represents “uterus.” The second part of the word, -tomy, is a combining form meaning “cutting, incision.” Uterotomy literally translates to “uterus incision.”

What are some words that use the combining form utero-?

What are some other forms that utero- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -scope means “instrument for viewing.” With this in mind, what is uteroscope used to view?

Medical definitions for utero-

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Uterus:uteroscopy.
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