There are various words that involve the stem -scendo. For example:

  • ascendo
  • inscendo
  • conscendo
  • descendo
  • escendo
  • transcendo

However, there is no root word that I can find. Scendo itself does not seem to be a word. Is there some root word for these combination words?

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    You left out 'crescendo' and 'decrescendo,' thus offending all musicians :-) Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 12:32
  • @CarlWitthoft BAM bah BAAAAHHHHMMM (ominous horn blast)
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    Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 16:49

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Rather than scendo, the word you're looking for is scando, for which De Vaan's Etymological Dictionary has the following:

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