tetra-

tetra-

a combining form meaning “four,” used in the formation of compound words: tetrabranchiate.
Also, especially before a vowel, tetr-.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form of téttara, neuter of téttares four

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tetra- or (before a vowel) tetr-
 
combining form
four: tetrameter
 
[from Greek]
 
tetr- or (before a vowel) tetr-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek]

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tetra-
comb. form meaning "four," from Gk. tetra-, combining form of tettares, tessares "four" (see four).
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tetra- or tetr-
pref.

  1. Four: tetradactyl.

  2. Composed of or containing four atoms, molecules, or groups: tetrasaccharide.

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