a combining form meaning “bile,” “gall,” used in the formation of compound words: cholesterol.
Also especially before a vowel, chol-.

Origin of chole-

combining form of Greek cholḗ bile; akin to chlor-1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chole-


before a vowel chol-

combining form

indicating bile or gallcholesterol

Word Origin for chole-

from Greek kholē
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Medicine definitions for chole-




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