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spheno-

1.
a combining form meaning “wedge,” used in the formation of compound words:
sphenography.
Also, especially before a vowel, sphen-.
Origin
< Neo-Latin < Greek sphḗn wedge + -o- -o-
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British Dictionary definitions for spheno-

spheno-

combining form
1.
having the shape of a wedge: sphenogram
Word Origin
from Greek sphēn wedge
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Word Origin and History for spheno-

word-forming element meaning "wedge," from comb. form of Greek sphen "wedge," probably cognate with Old Norse spann "splinter," Old English spon "chip of wood" (see spoon (n.)).

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spheno- in Medicine

spheno- or sphen-
pref.
Wedge; wedge-shaped: sphenocephaly.

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