crypto-

crypto-

a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph.
Also, especially before a vowel, crypt-.


Origin:
combining form representing Greek kryptós hidden. See crypt

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crypto- or (before a vowel) crypt-
 
combining form
secret, hidden, or concealed: cryptography; crypto-fascist
 
[New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]
 
crypt- or (before a vowel) crypt-
 
combining form
 
[New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]

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crypto-
combining element meaning "secret" or "hidden," used in forming English words since at least 1760, from Gk. kryptos "hidden, concealed, secret" (the Gk. comb. form was krypho-). Crypto-fascist is attested from 1937; crypto-communist from 1946.
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crypto- or crypt-
pref.

  1. Crypt: cryptectomy.

  2. Hidden; secret: cryptogenic.

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