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
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before a vowel chol-
indicating bile or gallcholesterol
Word Origin for chole-
from Greek kholē
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