- a combining form representing cranium in compound words: craniotomy.
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before a vowel crani-
- indicating the cranium or cranialcraniotomy
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Word Origin and History for cranio-
word-forming element meaning "of the brain," from Latinized comb. form of Greek kranion "skull" (see cranium).
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