a combining form representing cranium, in compound words:
combining form
indicating the cranium or cranial: craniotomy

word-forming element meaning “of the brain,” from Latinized comb. form of Greek kranion “skull” (see cranium).

cranio- or crani-
Cranium: craniospinal.


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