before a vowel colp-
Word Origin for colpo-
Words nearby colpo-
WORDS THAT USE COLPO-
What does colpo- mean?
Colpo- comes from the Greek kolpos, meaning “womb.”
Another ancient Greek word for womb, hystéra, is the root of the word hysteria. Learn what hysterical has to do with wombs—and why using it may be offensive—in our slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories.”
What are variants of colpo-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, colpo- becomes colp-, as in colpitis.
Examples of colpo-
One example of a medical term that features the combining form colpo- is colpotomy, meaning “incision of the vagina.”
As we have seen, colpo- means “vagina.” The second part of the word, -tomy, means “cutting, incision.” Putting it all back together, colpotomy literally translates to “vagina incision.”
What are some words that use the combining form colpo- or its variant colp-?
What are some other forms that colpo- may be commonly confused with?
How to use colpo- in a sentence
The deep bell of the Mangia tower tolled, and then the signal was given, un colpo di mortaletto, and the pageant began.Olive in Italy|Moray Dalton
"The heat, I have no doubt; a 'colpo di sole,' as they tell us everything is," said De Barre.