-ole

1

a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, usually diminutives, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in Neo-Latin coinages: areole; centriole; vacuole.

Nearby words

  1. -oid,
  2. -oidal,
  3. -oidea,
  4. -ol,
  5. -ola,
  6. -ologist,
  7. -ology,
  8. -oma,
  9. -ome,
  10. -on

Origin of -ole

1
< French < Latin -olus, -ola, -olum, variant of -ulus -ule with stems ending in a vowel

-ole

2

a suffix used in names of chemical compounds, especially five-membered, unsaturated rings (carbazole; indole; thiazole) and, less systematically, aromatic ethers (anisole; safrole).
Also -ol2.

Origin of -ole

2
< French < Latin oleum oil

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British Dictionary definitions for -ole

-ole

1

-ol

n combining form

denoting an organic unsaturated compound containing a 5-membered ringthiazole
denoting an aromatic organic etheranisole

Word Origin for -ole

from Latin oleum oil, from Greek elaion, from elaia olive

suffix

indicating something smallarteriole

Word Origin for -ole

from Latin -olus, diminutive suffix

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Medicine definitions for -ole

-ole

suff.

A usually heterocyclic chemical compound containing a five-membered ring:pyrrole.
A chemical compound, especially an ether, that does not contain hydroxyl:indole.

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