lepto-

lepto-

a combining form meaning “thin,” “fine,” “slight,” used in the formation of compound words: leptophyllous.
Also, especially before a vowel, lept-.


Origin:
< Greek lepto-, combining form of leptós thin, slight, fine, literally, stripped, equivalent to lép(ein) to strip + -tos adj. suffix

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lepto- or (before a vowel) lept-
 
combining form
fine, slender, or slight: leptosome
 
[from Greek leptos thin, literally: peeled, from lepein to peel]
 
lept- or (before a vowel) lept-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek leptos thin, literally: peeled, from lepein to peel]

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

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