spiro

spiro-

1
a combining form meaning “respiration,” used in the formation of compound words: spirograph.

Origin:
combining form of Latin spīrāre to breathe

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spiro-

2
a combining form meaning “coil,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: spirochete.

Origin:
combining form of Latin spīra < Greek speîra coil

dum spiro, spero

[doom spee-roh, spey-roh; English duhm spahy-roh, speer-oh]
Latin.
while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina.
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spiro-1
 
combining form
indicating breath or respiration: spirograph
 
[from Latin spīrāre to breathe]

spiro-2
 
combining form
spiral; coil: spirochaete
 
[from Latin spīra, from Greek speira a coil]

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spiro- or spir-
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  1. Spiral; coil; coil-shaped: spirillar.

  2. Breath; breathing; spirograph.

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