a combining form meaning “alien,” “strange,” “guest,” used in the formation of compound words: xenogamy, xenolith.
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Also especially before a vowel, xen-.
Origin of xeno-
combining form of Greek xénos stranger, guest (noun); alien, foreign, strange (adj.)
Words nearby xeno-
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British Dictionary definitions for xeno-
before a vowel xen-
indicating something strange, different, or foreignxenogamy
Word Origin for xeno-
from Greek xenos strange
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Medical definitions for xeno-
Strange; foreign; different:xenophthalmia.
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