a combining form meaning “brain,” used in the formation of compound words: encephalograph.
Also especially before a vowel, encephal-.

Origin of encephalo-

< Greek enképhalos. See encephalon
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British Dictionary definitions for encephalo-


before a vowel encephal-

combining form

indicating the brainencephalogram; encephalitis

Word Origin for encephalo-

from New Latin, from Greek enkephalos, from en- in + kephalē head
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Medical definitions for encephalo-



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