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 History of this Word

"leuko" is from "leukos" (white or clear) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"leuko-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "white" or "colorless" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

leuko- illustration In these cases the term leukoplakia should be used only for those white plaques remaining two or more months after the patient quits his or her tobacco habit.
leuko- illustration The pediatrician drew some blood and saw that the amount of red blood cells I had was uncommonly low and that I had an elevated leukoblast count.