Also cele-, coele-.

Origin of coel-

combining form representing Greek koîlos hollow; akin to cave


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

Origin of -cele

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


  1. variant of -coele: hematocele. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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n combining form
  1. tumour or herniahydrocele

Word Origin for -cele

from Greek kēlē tumour


  1. 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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