a combining form meaning “dense,” “close,” “thick,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating thickness or density: pycnometer

before vowels pycn-, word-forming element meaning “close, thick, dense,” from comb. form of Greek pyknos “thick, dense.” Sometimes via German as pykno-.


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