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a combining form meaning “tongue, word, speech,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, glotto-.
Also, especially before a vowel, gloss-.
Origin of glosso-
< Greek (Ionic), combining form of glôssa Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for glosso-


combining form
indicating a tongue or language: glossolaryngeal
Word Origin
from Greek glossa tongue
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Word Origin and History for glosso-

word-forming element meaning "tongue," from Greek glosso-, comb. form of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).

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glosso- in Medicine

glosso- or gloss-
Tongue: glossospasm.

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