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li·​po ˈlī-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce lipo (audio)
: liposuction
Through some unholy marriage of extreme fitness and calorie restriction (and maybe a little lipo), women have figured out how to tame their aging bodies for longer than ever.Johnathan van Meter
… my friend shuttled us into the kitchen one by one to show us the inch-long incision under her chin (for the lipo) …Marjorie Rosen


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lipoed; lipoing; lipos

transitive verb

: to perform liposuction on (a person or part of the body)
More than anything, a high-cut bathing suit or leotard can create the illusion of longer legs. But you have to lipo the love handles.Vogue
: to remove by liposuction
Kirstie Alley lost a bunch of weight, but not by dieting. No, she had 35 lbs. lipoed right out of her.Malene Arpe

Examples of lipo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The specific type of lipo Black women are getting tends to be less likely to include extreme surgical changes. Kovie Biakolo, Allure, 23 Mar. 2023 This shampoo also contains lipacid, which works to restore the skin's natural barrier by moisturizing it and leaving behind a lipo-protidic layer on the skin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2022 This oil-free option from La Roche-Posay uses salicylic acid lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA), both very powerful and effective treatments for acne that break down oil and debris, gently exfoliate, and clear out pores, all while hydrating the skin. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 31 Jan. 2023 And even though most take a few sessions to work, there will unlikely be any downtime, unlike traditional lipo, which can be a beast to recover from. April Long, Town & Country, 24 June 2022 The standout ingredient in this cleanser is lipo-hydroxy acid, which provides exfoliating, skin renewing, and acne treating properties through slow individual skin cell exfoliation. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 No lipo surgery could bring this body that my son gave me …. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 3 May 2022 This calming mask will take care of that with its 9% lipo-peptide blend that reduces irritation and redness, along with the uncomfortable feeling that accompanies those. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 This soothing mask reduces skin redness and itchiness while calming and soothing the skin with a lipo-peptide blend and licorice extract. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History



by shortening


derivative of lipo entry 1

First Known Use


1987, in the meaning defined above


1991, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lipo was in 1987

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“Lipo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Biographical Definition

Li Po

biographical name

ˈlē-ˈbō How to pronounce Li Po (audio)
701–762 Chinese poet
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