a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “flank,” used with the meaning “abdominal wall” in the formation of compound words: laparotomy.
Also, especially before a vowel, lapar-.

combining form representing Greek lapára flank (literally, soft part), noun use of feminine of laparós soft Unabridged
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laparo- pref.

  1. Loin: laparotomy.

  2. Abdomen: laparocele.

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