[see-kloh, sahy-]

Origin of cyclo

< French cyclo(-pousse), equivalent to cyclo- combining form representing cycle motorized or pedaled bicycle or tricycle (see cyclo-) + pousse apparently short for pousse-pousse rickshaw (reduplication of pousse, noun derivative of pousser to push)



  1. a combining form meaning “cycle,” used in the formation of compound words: cyclohexane.
Also especially before a vowel, cycl-.

Origin of cyclo-

< Greek kyklo-, combining form of kýklos circle, ring; cognate with Sanskrit cakra, wheel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for cyclo


before a vowel cycl-

combining form
  1. indicating a circle or ringcyclotron
  2. denoting a cyclic compoundcyclohexane

Word Origin for cyclo-

from Greek kuklos cycle
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Word Origin and History for cyclo


before a vowel, cycl-, word-forming element meaning "circle, ring, rotation," from Latinized form of Greek kyklo-, comb. form of kyklos "circle, wheel, ring" (see cycle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cyclo in Medicine


  1. Circle; cycle:cyclophoria.
  2. A cyclic compound:cyclopeptide.
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