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a combining form meaning “living,” “alive,” used in the formation of compound words: vivisection.

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Origin of vivi-

<Latin vīvi-, combining form of vīvus alive; akin to vīvere to live (see vital)
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WORDS THAT USE VIVI-

What does vivi- mean?

Vivi- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “living” or “alive.” It is used in a few scientific terms.

Vivi- ultimately comes from the Latin vīvus, meaning “alive,” based on vīvere, “to live.” Many other words derive from or are closely related to the Latin vīvere, including vital, vivid, vivacious, revive, and viva, as in Viva Las Vegas!

Examples of vivi-

You may have heard the word vivisection, “the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body.” Besides making most of us squeamish, vivisection features the combining form vivi-.

The first part of the word, vivi-, means “living,” as we know. The second part of the word, -section, ultimately comes from the Latin word for “a cutting.” Vivisection breaks down to “cutting into the living.” Yikes.

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

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

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The suffix ist is often used to denote someone who engages in a particular practice. What would you call someone who does the (grisly) work of vivisection?

Medical definitions for vivi-

vivi-

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Living; alive:viviparous.
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