a combining form meaning “red,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
red: erythrocyte

before vowels, erythr-, word-forming element meaning “red,” from Greek erythro-, comb. form of erythros “red” (in Homer, also the color of copper and gold); see red (1).

erythro- or erythr-


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