noun, plural cryp·tos.
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Definition for crypto (2 of 2)
Origin of crypto-
WORDS THAT USE CRYPTO-
What does crypto- 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.”
What are variants of crypto-?
Examples of crypto-
One word you may have encountered that features the combining form crypto- is cryptogram, meaning “a message or writing in code or cypher.”
As we know, crypto- means “secret.” The second part of the word, –gram, means “something written”—like a note. Cryptogram, then, has a literal sense of “secret note.”
What are some words that use the combining form crypto-?
What are some other forms that crypto- may be commonly confused with?