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a combining form meaning “cell,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, cyte-; especially before a vowel, cyt-.
Origin of cyto-
< Greek kyto-, combining form of kýtos container, receptacle, body Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cyt


combining form
indicating a cell: cytolysis, cytoplasm
Word Origin
from Greek kutos vessel, container; related to kuein to contain
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Word Origin and History for cyt


before a vowel, cyt-, word-forming element, Latinized comb. form of Greek kytos "a hollow, receptacle, basket" (from PIE *ku-ti-, from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal;" see hide (n.1)); used in modern science since c.1859 for "cell," perhaps especially from the sense (in Aristophanes) of "a cell of a hive of wasps or bees."

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cyt in Medicine

cyto- or cyt-
Cell: cytoplasm.

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cyt in Science
A prefix meaning "cell," as in the word cytoplasm.
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