Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

lip(o)-

Fat.

[Greek lipos, fat.]

In cosmetic surgery, liposuction removes excess fat from under the skin by suction; lipids are a class of organic compounds that include many natural oils, waxes, and steroids; lipase is an enzyme that catalyses the breakdown of fats; a lipoma is a benign tumour of fatty tissue; lipogenesis is the normal formation of fat in the body; lipolysis (Greek lusis, loosening) is the breakdown of fats and other lipids to release fatty acids. See also steato-.

A lipogram, a composition from which the writer systematically omits one or more letters of the alphabet is instead based on Greek leipein, to leave (out).

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