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  1. a combining form meaning “cavity,” used in the formation of compound words: coelenteron.
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Also cele-, coele-.

Origin of coel-

combining form representing Greek koîlos hollow; akin to cave
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British Dictionary definitions for coel-


  1. indicating a cavity within a body or a hollow organ or partcoelacanth; coelenterate; coelenteron
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek koilos hollow
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