noun, plural cols [kolz; French kawl]. /kɒlz; French kɔl/.
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WORDS THAT USE COL-
What does col- mean?
Col-, when it refers to the colon, is a variant of colo-, which loses its –o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use colo- article.
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One medical term you may be familiar with that uses col- is colitis, meaning “inflammation of the colon.”
The first part of the word, col-, represents “colon.” The second part of the word, -itis, might also look familiar: it’s used in medical terms to denote “inflammation.”Colitis, then, breaks down to “colon inflammation.”
What are some words that use the combining form col-?
What are some other forms that col- may be commonly confused with?
Adding to the confusion (but highlighting just how much English gets out of the letters col-) is the fact that col- is also a variant of the prefix com-, meaning “with, together,” when combined with words or word elements beginning with -l-, as in collateral.
Example sentences from the Web for col
“I think it is important to say it is too soon to judge success or failure,” said Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He cites an interview that a freed POW, Air Force Lt. Col. William Harrison, gave to The New York Times in 1953.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The entry was read aloud by Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens at a September press conference a few days later.
Col. Byrne was the father of Eugene Byrne, the West Point cadet who died recently from injuries received in a football game.
Col. Strelkov has admitted that he only quit working with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in May 2013.Putin’s Number One Gunman in Ukraine Warns Him of Possible Defeat|Anna Nemtsova|July 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Col. Ethan Allen arrived from England, and was received with discharges of cannon.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Col. Moore, a veteran politician of the Old Dominion, was a most pleasant and affable gentleman, and a great lisper withal.
A month later he saved the whole army at the Col de Pierre troite.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Havana tobacco was first cultivated in this state by Col. McIntosh, and succeeded finely in some of the counties along the coast.
Its people were mostly well educated and intelligent, and they had Col. Crompton, with his fine house and grounds.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes