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coel-

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  1. a combining form meaning “cavity,” used in the formation of compound words: coelenteron.
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Also cele-, coele-.

Origin of coel-

combining form representing Greek koîlos hollow; akin to cave

-cele1

  1. a combining form meaning “tumor,” used in the formation of compound words: variocele.
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Origin of -cele1

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

-cele2

  1. variant of -coele: hematocele.
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-cele

n combining form
  1. tumour or herniahydrocele
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Word Origin

from Greek kēlē tumour

coel-

prefix
  1. indicating a cavity within a body or a hollow organ or partcoelacanth; coelenterate; coelenteron
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek koilos hollow
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