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Origin of crypt
OTHER WORDS FROM cryptun·der·crypt, noun
Definition for crypt (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE CRYPT-
What does crypt- mean?
Crypto- comes from the Greek kryptós, meaning “hidden.” The word crypt also derives from this root. Dig up the connection at our entry for the word.
In anatomy, crypto- specifically refers to a crypt in its specialized sense of a “slender pit or recess” or a “small glandular cavity.”
Crypt- is a variant of crypto-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
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Examples of crypt-
The combining form crypt- is featured in the word cryptonym, meaning “a secret name or word” or “a code name or code word.”
The first part of the word, crypt-, means “secret.” The second part, -onym, means “word” or “name.” Cryptonym literally means “secret name.”
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