Words nearby kerato-
WORDS THAT USE KERATO-
What does kerato- mean?
Kerato- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “horn” or “cornea.” The cornea is the transparent front part of the eyeball. It is used in some scientific and medical terms, including in ophthalmology and dermatology.
Kerato- comes from the Greek kéras, meaning “horn.” The Latin cousin to kéras is cornū, source of corneus, literally “horn-y.” The term cornea comes from the Latin phrase cornea tēla, meaning “horn-y web,” i.e., “hornlike tissue.”
What are variants of kerato-?
Kerato- and kerat- can also be spelled with an initial c-, becoming cerato- or cerat-, as in keratoid or ceratoid. Variants spelled with c- are pronounced with a soft c sound, e.g., [ ser–uh-toid ]. Learn more at our Words That Use articles for the forms.
Examples of kerato-
Keratotomy, meaning “incision of the cornea,” is one example of a medical term that features the combining form kerato-.
As we know, kerato- represents “cornea.” The second portion of the word, -tomy means “incision, cut.” Keratotomy literally translates to “cornea incision.”
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