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a combining form meaning “thin,” “fine,” “slight,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, lept-.
< Greek lepto-, combining form of leptós thin, slight, fine, literally, stripped, equivalent to lép(ein) to strip + -tos adj. suffix Unabridged
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Examples for lept
  • Metabolic rates lept upward throughout subregions of the brain.
  • They lept round the forge, an flopped up agin the door so, that ef thar bed nt.
British Dictionary definitions for lept


combining form
fine, slender, or slight leptosome
Word Origin
from Greek leptos thin, literally: peeled, from lepein to peel
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lept in Medicine

lepto- or lept-
Slender; thin; fine: leptocyte.

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