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a combining form meaning “head,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating the head: cephalopod

before vowels, cephal-, word-forming element meaning “head, skull, brain,” Modern Latin combining form of Greek kephale “head,” perhaps from PIE *ghebh-el-.

cephalo- or cephal-
Head: cephalometry.


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