a combining form meaning “head,” used in the formation of compound words: cephalometry.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of cephalo-
< Greek kephalo-, combining form of kephalḗ head; akin to gable
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalo-
before a vowel cephal-
indicating the headcephalopod
Word Origin for cephalo-
via Latin from Greek kephalo-, from kephale head
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Medicine definitions for cephalo-
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