before a vowel cerat-
Word Origin for cerato-
Words nearby cerato-
WORDS THAT USE CERATO-
What does cerato- mean?
Cerato- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “horn” or “cornea.” The cornea is the transparent front part of the eyeball. It is used in some scientific and medical terms, including in ophthalmology and dermatology.
Cerato- comes from the Greek kéras, meaning “horn.” The Latin cousin to kéras is cornū, source of corneus, literally “horn-y.” The term cornea comes from the Latin phrase cornea tēla, meaning “horn-y web,” i.e., “hornlike tissue.”
What are variants of cerato-?
Cerato- and cerat- can also be spelled with an initial k-, becoming kerat- or kerato-, as in keratoid or ceratoid. Note that variants spelled with c- are pronounced with a soft c sound, e.g., [ ser–uh-toid ]. Learn more at our Words That Use articles for the forms.
Examples of cerato-
The ceratosaur was a carnivorous, swift-running North American theropod dinosaur of the Jurassic Period. It had a large skull with a short horn between the nostrils and a bony knob in front of each eye.
As we now know, cerato- means “horn.” What about the –saur part of the word? It is used to name dinosaurs, from the Greek saûros meaning “lizard.” Ceratosaur literally translates to “horned lizard.”
Ceratosaur comes from New Latin and uses the equivalent form of cerato- in the language.
What are some words that use the combining form cerato-?
- ceratocricoid muscle
What are some other forms that cerato- may be commonly confused with?
Not all words beginning with the letters cerat- are using the combining form cerato- to mean “horn” or “cornea.” One example is cerate. Find out how cerate is connected to wax at our entry for the word.
How to use cerato- in a sentence
The cerato-hyals of the two sides are commonly united by a median ventral plate, the basi-hyal.
The posterior surfaces of both hyomandibular and cerato-hyal bear slender cartilaginous processes, the gill rays.
Each rod is divided into a dorsal portion, the hyomandibular and a ventral portion, the cerato-hyal.
The last two pairs of hypo-branchials and the fifth cerato-branchials are connected with a broad median plate, the basibranchial.
The epi-branchials and cerato-branchials bear gill rays along their posterior borders.