a combining form meaning “single,” “simple,” used in the formation of compound words: haplology.

Nearby words

  1. haphtarah,
  2. hapi,
  3. hapless,
  4. haplessly,
  5. haplite,
  6. haplobiont,
  7. haplography,
  8. haplogroup,
  9. haploid,
  10. haploidy

Also especially before a vowel, hapl-.

Origin of haplo-

< Greek, combining form of haplóos single, simple; akin to Latin simplex

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British Dictionary definitions for haplo-


before a vowel hapl-

combining form

single or simplehaplology; haplosis

Word Origin for haplo-

from Greek haplous simple

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Word Origin and History for haplo-


word-forming element meaning "simple, single; simply, once," from comb. form of Greek haplos "single, simple."

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Medicine definitions for haplo-




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