crypto-


a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph.

Nearby words

  1. cryptectomy,
  2. cryptesthesia,
  3. cryptic,
  4. cryptitis,
  5. crypto,
  6. crypto-jew,
  7. cryptoanalysis,
  8. cryptobiont,
  9. cryptobiosis,
  10. cryptoclastic

Also especially before a vowel, crypt-.

Origin of crypto-

combining form representing Greek kryptós hidden. See crypt

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British Dictionary definitions for crypto-

crypto-

before a vowel crypt-

combining form

secret, hidden, or concealedcryptography; crypto-fascist

Word Origin for crypto-

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for crypto-

crypto-

pref.

Crypt:cryptectomy.
Hidden; secret:cryptogenic.

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