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 History of this Word

"oto" is from "ous" (ear) 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,
otolite
otography
otolaryngology
ototoxic

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grammar is modifier

"oto-" is a type of prefix

Definition

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

Examples of how the word is used

oto- illustration Always hold the otoscope in the hand of the same side as the ear you are about to examine.
oto- illustration You often need to go to one of these doctors in order to get a referral to an ear specialist such as an otologist.