- 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
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before a vowel cycl-
- indicating a circle or ringcyclotron
- denoting a cyclic compoundcyclohexane
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.)).
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- Circle; cycle:cyclophoria.
- A cyclic compound:cyclopeptide.
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