a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “solid”, used with reference to hardness, solidity, three-dimensionality in the formation of compound words: stereochemistry; stereogram; stereoscope.
Also, especially before a vowel, stere-.

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stereo- or (sometimes before a vowel) stere-
combining form
indicating three-dimensional quality or solidity: stereoscope
[from Greek stereos solid]
stere- or (sometimes before a vowel) stere-
combining form
[from Greek stereos solid]

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stereo- pref.

  1. Solid; solid body: stereotropism.

  2. Three-dimensional: stereochemistry.

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