1. a combining form meaning “tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: histology.

combining form

  1. indicating animal or plant tissuehistology; histamine

medical word-forming element, from Greek histos “warp, web,” literally “anything set upright,” from histasthai “to stand,” from PIE *sta- “to stand” (see stet). Taken by 19c. medical writers as the best Greek root from which to form terminology for “tissue.”


  1. Body tissue:histogenesis.
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