Word Origin See more synonyms for cyto- on Thesaurus.com a combining form meaning “cell,” used in the formation of compound words: cytoplasm.
especially before a vowel, cyt-. Origin of cyto-
Greek kyto-, combining form of kýtos container, receptacle, body
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British Dictionary definitions for cyto- indicating a cell cytolysis; cytoplasm Word Origin
kutos vessel, container; related to kuein to contain
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Word Origin and History for cyto-
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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A prefix meaning cell, as in the word cytoplasm.
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