chilo-

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a combining form meaning “lip,” used in the formation of compound words: chiloplasty.

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Origin of chilo-

1
combining form of Greek cheîlos lip

Definition for chilo- (2 of 2)

chilo-2

variant of kilo-: chilopod.
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WORDS THAT USE CHILO-

What does chilo- mean?

Chilo- is a combining form used like a prefix principally meaning “lip.” It is often used in medical and scientific terms.

This use of chilo- comes from the Greek cheîlos, meaning “lip.”

What are variants of chilo-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, chilo- becomes chil-, as in chilalgia. The forms cheilo-, as in cheilotomy, and cheil-, as in cheilitis, are variants of chilo-.

Examples of chilo-

Chilotomy, meaning “an incision into the lip,” is one example of a medical term that features the combining form chilo-.

As we know, chilo- means “lip.” The second part of the word, -tomy, means “cutting, incision.” Chilotomy literally translates to “lip cutting.”

What are some words that use the combining form chilo- to mean “lip”?

What are some other forms that chilo- may be commonly confused with?

Medical definitions for chilo-

chilo-

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Variant ofcheilo-
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