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crypto

[krip-toh]
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noun, plural cryp·tos.
  1. a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief.
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adjective
  1. secret or hidden; not publicly admitted: a crypto Nazi.
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Origin of crypto

1945–50; probably independent use of crypto-; cf. -o

crypto-

  1. a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph.
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Also especially before a vowel, crypt-.

Origin of crypto-

combining form representing Greek kryptós hidden. See crypt
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Examples from the Web for crypto

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  • It used to be that crypto people tried to keep all of this a secret.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • "Well, there's tons of crypto code for free online, of course," Jolu said.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • There are four parts to any crypto message: the original message, called the "cleartext."

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    Cory Doctorow

  • There's only one kind of crypto that anyone uses: crypto that's public, open and can be deployed by anyone.

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  • So I knew that crypto would keep me safe from eavesdroppers, but I wasn't ready to deal with histograms.

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    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for crypto

crypto-

before a vowel crypt-

combining form
  1. secret, hidden, or concealedcryptography; crypto-fascist
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide
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Word Origin and History for crypto

crypto-

before vowels crypt-, word-forming element meaning "secret" or "hidden," used in forming English words since at least 1760, from Latinized form of Greek kryptos "hidden, concealed, secret" (see crypt; the Greek comb. form was krypho-). Crypto-fascist is attested from 1937; crypto-communist from 1946.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crypto in Medicine

crypto-

pref.
  1. Crypt:cryptectomy.
  2. Hidden; secret:cryptogenic.
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