- a combining form meaning “marrow,” “of the spinal cord,” used in the formation of compound words: myelocyte.
Also especially before a vowel, myel-.
Origin of myelo-
combining form representing Greek myelós marrow
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before vowels myel-, word-forming element meaning "marrow, spinal cord," from Greek myelos "marrow; the brain," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Spinal cord:myelitis.
- Bone marrow:myeloma.
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