a combining form meaning “bone,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating bone or bones: osteopathy

before vowels oste-, word-forming element meaning “bone, bones,” from Greek osteon “bone” (see osseous).

osteo- or oste-
Bone: osteoarthritis.


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