coel-

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a combining form meaning “cavity,” used in the formation of compound words: coelenteron.

Nearby words

  1. coefficient of performance,
  2. coefficient of restitution,
  3. coefficient of variation,
  4. coefficient of viscosity,
  5. coefficiently,
  6. coelacanth,
  7. coelanaglyphic,
  8. coelenterata,
  9. coelenterate,
  10. coelenteron

Also cele-, coele-.

Origin of coel-

combining form representing Greek koîlos hollow; akin to cave

-cele

1

a combining form meaning “tumor,” used in the formation of compound words: variocele.

Origin of -cele

1
combining form representing Greek kḗlē a tumor; akin to Old English hēala hydrocele

-cele

2

variant of -coele: hematocele.
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British Dictionary definitions for cele

-cele

n combining form

tumour or herniahydrocele

Word Origin for -cele

from Greek kēlē tumour

coel-

prefix

indicating a cavity within a body or a hollow organ or partcoelacanth; coelenterate; coelenteron

Word Origin for coel-

New Latin, from Greek koilos hollow

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