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Origin of cyto-
Words nearby cyto-
WORDS THAT USE CYTO-
What does cyto- mean?
Cyto- comes from the Greek kýtos, meaning “container,” “receptacle,” “body.”
What are variants of cyto-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, cyto- becomes cyt-, as in cytosis.
Examples of cyto-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features cyto- is cytoplasm, “the cell substance between the cell membrane and the nucleus.”
We know cyto- means “cell,” so what about the -plasm portion of the word? The form -plasm, from the Greek plásma, has a variety of meanings, including “living substance,” “tissue,” “substance of a cell.” Cytoplasm literally translates to “cell substance.” It’s like “cell stuff”!
What are some words that use the combining form cyto-?
What are some other forms that cyto- may be commonly confused with?