a combining form meaning “nucleus of a cell,” used in the formation of compound words: karyotin.
Origin of karyo-
< Greek, combining form of káryon nut, kernel
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indicating the nucleus of a cellkaryogamy
Word Origin for karyo-
from New Latin, from Greek karuon kernel, nut
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before vowels kary-, word-forming element used since c.1874 in biological terms referring to cell nuclei, from Greek karyon "nut, kernel," possibly from PIE root *kar- "hard" (see hard (adj.)).
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