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a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “membrane” (hymenopteron); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (hymenotomy).


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  • Hymenology

    hymenology hy·men·ol·o·gy (hī’mə-nŏl’ə-jē) n. The branch of anatomy and physiology that deals with the structure, function, and diseases of the membranes of the body.

  • Hymenophore

    /haɪˈmiːnəʊˌfɔː/ noun 1. (botany) the fruiting body of some basidiomycetous fungi

  • Hymenoplasty

    /ˈhaɪmənəʊˌplæstɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. a surgical operation to reconstruct the hymen in order to give the appearance of virginity, usually for religious or cultural reasons

  • Hymenoptera

    [hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh n] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən/ noun, plural hymenoptera [hahy-muh-nop-ter-ter-uh] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər tər ə/ (Show IPA) 1. . order of insects that includes ants, wasps, and bees, 1773, coined in Modern Latin 1748 by Linnæus from Greek hymen (genitive hymenos) “membrane” (see hymen) + pteron “wing” (see pterodactyl). Related: Hymenopterous.

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