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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for myelo-

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

myelo- in Medicine



Spinal cord:myelitis.
Bone marrow:myeloma.
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