actino-

actino-

a combining form with the meaning “ray, beam,” used in the formation of compound words, with the particular senses “radiation” in the physical sciences (actinometer ) and “having raylike structures,” “radiate in form” in biology (actinomyces; actinopod ).
Also, especially before a vowel, actin-.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form representing aktī́s (genitive aktînos) ray, beam; see -o-

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actino- or (before a vowel) actin-
 
combining form
1.  indicating a radial structure: actinomorphic
2.  indicating radioactivity or radiation: actinometer
 
[from Greek aktino-, from aktis beam, ray]
 
actin- or (before a vowel) actin-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek aktino-, from aktis beam, ray]

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actino- or actin-
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Actinic radiation: actinotherapy.

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