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a combining form with the meanings “sugar,” “glucose and its derivatives,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating sugar: glycogen

word-forming element meaning “sweet,” from Latinized comb. form of Greek glykys “sweet” (see glucose). Used in reference to sugars generally. OED says a regular formation would be glycy-.

glyco- pref.


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