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desmo-

before vowels desm-, word-forming element used in scientific compounds, from Greek desmos "bond, fastening, chain," from PIE root *de- "to bind."

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desmo- in Medicine

desmo- or desm-
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  1. Bond; adhesion: desmosome.

  2. Ligament; connective tissue: desmogenous.

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