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-

combining form
  1. indicating the headcephalopod

Word Origin for cephalo-

via Latin from Greek kephalo-, from kephale head
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Word Origin and History for cephalo-

before vowels, cephal-, word-forming element meaning "head, skull, brain," Modern Latin combining form of Greek kephale "head," perhaps from PIE *ghebh-el-.

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cephalo- in Medicine


  1. Head:cephalometry.
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