- a combining form with the meaning “thread,” “threadlike organism, especially a nematode,” used in the formation of compound words: nematocyst.
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-
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before a vowel nemat-
- indicating a threadlike formnematocyst
from Greek nēma thread
- Thread; threadlike:nematocyst.
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