Also especially before a vowel, xen-.

Origin of xeno-

combining form of Greek xénos stranger, guest (noun); alien, foreign, strange (adj.)
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British Dictionary definitions for xen-


before a vowel xen-

combining form
  1. indicating something strange, different, or foreignxenogamy

Word Origin for xeno-

from Greek xenos strange
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Word Origin and History for xen-


before vowels, xen-, word-forming element meaning "strange, foreign; stranger, foreigner," from Greek xeno-, comb. form of xenos "a guest, stranger, foreigner" (see guest (n.)).

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xen- in Medicine


  1. Stranger; foreigner:xenophobia.
  2. Strange; foreign; different:xenophthalmia.
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