a combining form meaning “cell,” used in the formation of compound words: cytoplasm.
Also cyte-; especially before a vowel, cyt-.

Origin of cyto-

< Greek kyto-, combining form of kýtos container, receptacle, body Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cyt


combining form

indicating a cellcytolysis; cytoplasm

Word Origin for cyto-

from Greek kutos vessel, container; related to kuein to contain
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Word Origin and History for cyt


before a vowel, cyt-, word-forming element, Latinized comb. form of Greek kytos "a hollow, receptacle, basket" (from PIE *ku-ti-, from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal;" see hide (n.1)); used in modern science since c.1859 for "cell," perhaps especially from the sense (in Aristophanes) of "a cell of a hive of wasps or bees."

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Medicine definitions for cyt



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Science definitions for cyt


A prefix meaning “cell,” as in the word cytoplasm.
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