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spiro-1

1.
a combining form meaning “respiration,” used in the formation of compound words:
spirograph.
Origin
combining form of Latin spīrāre to breathe

spiro-2

1.
a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words:
spirochete.
Origin
combining form of Latin spīra < Greek speîra coil
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British Dictionary definitions for spiro-

spiro-1

combining form
1.
indicating breath or respiration spirograph
Word Origin
from Latin spīrāre to breathe

spiro-2

combining form
1.
spiral; coil spirochaete
Word Origin
from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil
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spiro- in Medicine

spiro- or spir-
pref.

  1. Spiral; coil; coil-shaped: spirillar.

  2. Breath; breathing; spirograph.

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