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 History of this Word

"osteo" is from "osteon" (bone) 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.

More words with this prefix,
ostealgia
osteodentine
osteoclast
osteophone

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grammar is modifier

"osteo-" is a type of prefix

Definition

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

Examples of how the word is used

osteo- illustration All men and women face the risk of osteoporosis in their lifetime.
osteo- illustration After one session with the osteopath, where she applied gentle jaw manipulation, the grinding stopped