a combining form meaning “cavity,” used in the formation of compound words: coelenteron.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Also cele-, coele-.
Origin of coel-
combining form representing Greek koîlos hollow; akin to cave
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British Dictionary definitions for coel-
indicating a cavity within a body or a hollow organ or partcoelacanth; coelenterate; coelenteron
Word Origin for coel-
New Latin, from Greek koilos hollow
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