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a combining form meaning “head,” used in the formation of compound words:
Origin of cephalo-
< Greek kephalo-, combining form of kephalḗ head; akin to gable Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalo-


combining form
indicating the head: cephalopod
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek kephalo-, from kephale head
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Word Origin and History for cephalo-

before vowels, cephal-, word-forming element meaning "head, skull, brain," Modern Latin combining form of Greek kephale "head," perhaps from PIE *ghebh-el-.

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cephalo- in Medicine

cephalo- or cephal-
Head: cephalometry.

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