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a combining form meaning “pelvis,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, pyel-.
Origin of pyelo-
< New Latin, combining form representing Greek pýelos basin, on the model of the NL use of Latin pelvis Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pyelo-


combining form
denoting the renal pelvis: pyelonephritis
Word Origin
from Greek puelos trough, pan; in the sense: pelvis
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Word Origin and History for pyelo-

before vowels pyel-, medical word-forming element, 19c., from comb. form of Greek pyelos "oblong trough, bathing-tub," used for "pelvis."

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pyelo- in Medicine

pyelo- or pyel-
Renal pelvis: pyeloplasty.

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