Oligo meaning

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Few.

Oligosaccharide.

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Few, scant, small, a deficiency of.

Oligochaete.

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(biochemistry) An oligonucleotide.
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Origin of oligo

  • Gr oligo- < oligos, small, akin to loigos, destruction, death < IE base *(o)leig-, wretched, illness > Lith ligà, disease

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Greek from oligos little, few

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened form of oligonucleotide.

    From Wiktionary