a combining form with the meaning “thread,” “threadlike organism, especially a nematode,” used in the formation of compound words: nematocyst.

Nearby words

  1. neman,
  2. nemat-,
  3. nemathecium,
  4. nemathelminth,
  5. nematic,
  6. nematocide,
  7. nematocyst,
  8. nematoda,
  9. nematode,
  10. nematodiasis

Also especially before a vowel or h, nemat-.

Origin of nemato-

combining form representing Greek nēmat- (stem of nêma) thread, yarn, that which is spun; see -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nemato-


before a vowel nemat-

combining form

indicating a threadlike formnematocyst

Word Origin for nemato-

from Greek nēma thread

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Medicine definitions for nemato-



Thread; threadlike:nematocyst.

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