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pyelo-

  1. a combining form meaning “pelvis,” used in the formation of compound words:

    pyelogram.



pyelo-

combining_form

  1. denoting the renal pelvis

    pyelonephritis



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Word History and Origins

Origin of pyelo-1

< New Latin, combining form representing Greek pýelos basin, on the model of the NL use of Latin pelvis

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pyelo-1

from Greek puelos trough, pan; in the sense: pelvis

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Words That Use Pyelo-

What does pyelo- mean?

Pyelo- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “pelvis.” It is used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.

Pyelo- ultimately comes from the Greek pýelos, meaning “basin.” Basin? Learn more at our entry for pelvis. A related combining form indicating pelvis is pelvio.

What are variants of pyelo-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, pyelo- becomes pyel-, as in pyelitis (using the equivalent form of pyel- in New Latin).

Examples of pyelo-

One medical term that features the combining form pyelo- is pyelotomy, “incision into the pelvis.”

The form pyelo- means “pelvis,” as we know. The second part of the word, -tomy, is a combining form meaning “cutting, incision.” Pyelotomy literally translates to “pelvis incision.”

What are some words that use the combining form pyelo-?

What are some other forms that pyelo- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form -gram is used to mean “image,” often to describe the images from x-rays or other medical imaging techniques. With this in mind, what is a pyelogram?

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