a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “human,” used in the formation of compound words: anthropometry.

< Greek, combining form of ánthrōpos human being, man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To anthropo
World English Dictionary
combining form
indicating man or human: anthropology; anthropomorphism
[from Greek anthrōpos]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

prefix meaning "pertaining to man," from comb. form of Gk. anthropos "man, human being" (sometimes also including women) from Attic andra (gen. andros), from Gk. aner "man" (as opposed to a woman, a god, or a boy), from PIE *hner "man" (cf. Skt. nar-, Armenian ayr, Welsh ner). Anthropos sometimes is
explained as a compound of aner and ops (gen. opos) "eye, face;" so lit. "he who has the face of a man." The change of -d- to -th- is difficult to explain; perhaps it is from some lost dialectal variant, or the mistaken belief that there was an aspiration sign over the vowel in the second element (as though *-dhropo-), which mistake might have come about by infl. of common verbs such as horao "to see."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

anthropo- pref.
Human: anthropometry.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
But it is a mistake to measure these things in anthropo centric measure.
Secondly, the current anthropo- genic sources and ecological condition of each sub-basin will be characterized.
The researchers measured the levels of platinum in road dusts and determined that it was from an anthropo- genic source.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature