a combining form with the meanings “large, great, grand,” “abnormally large,” used in the formation of compound words: megalopolis; megalocardia.

Nearby words

  1. megalgia,
  2. megalith,
  3. megalithic,
  4. megalithic tomb,
  5. megalitre,
  6. megaloblast,
  7. megaloblastic anaemia,
  8. megaloblastic anemia,
  9. megalocardia,
  10. megalocephalic

Also especially before a vowel, megal-.

Compare mega-.

Origin of megalo-

< Greek, combining form of megal- (stem of mégas) great, large Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for megalo-


before a vowel megal-

combining form

indicating greatness, or abnormal sizemegalopolis; megaloblast

Word Origin for megalo-

from Greek megas great

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Word Origin and History for megalo-


word-forming element meaning "large, great, exaggerated," from comb. form of Greek megas "large, great" (stem megal-); see mickle.

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Medicine definitions for megalo-



Large; of exaggerated size or greatness:megalocephaly.

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