a combining form meaning “pelvis,” used in the formation of compound words: pyelogram.
Also especially before a vowel, pyel-.
Origin of pyelo-
< New Latin, combining form representing Greek pýelos basin, on the model of the NL use of Latin pelvis
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before a vowel pyel-
denoting the renal pelvispyelonephritis
Word Origin for pyelo-
from Greek puelos trough, pan; in the sense: pelvis
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before vowels pyel-, medical word-forming element, 19c., from comb. form of Greek pyelos "oblong trough, bathing-tub," used for "pelvis."
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