encephalo-


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encephalo-

(word root) brain
Examples of words with the root encephalo-: encephalogram
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encephalo-

or encephal-
pref.
Brain: encephalitis.

[New Latin, from Greek (muelos) enkephalos, (marrow) in the head : en-, in; see en-2 + kephalē, head; see ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots.]
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encephalo-

or before a vowel

encephal-

combining form
(Anatomy) indicating the brain: encephalogram; encephalitis.
[from New Latin, from Greek enkephalos, from en- in + kephalē head]
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encephalo-

a combining form meaning “brain”: encephalograph.
[comb. form of Greek enképhalos. See encephalon]
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References in periodicals archive ?
words with tri-syllabic prefixes (i.e., cinema-, encephalo-, entero-, cephalo-, hetero-, platino-, and sidero-) with accent on the first of the three syllables in the prefix (e.g.
The diagnosis ME (myalgic, meaning muscle pain, encephalo-, relating to the brain, myelitis, inflammation of the spinal cord), coined by the late Dr Melvin Ramsay in the 1950s, never was broke and didn't need fixing.
'As Michelle cannot take up learning in a residential capacity, we are continuing to look for alternative options.' No known cure for mystery condition: Myalgic Encephalo- myelitis, or ME, first came to prominence in the 1980s, when it was labelled 'yuppie flu'.