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

< Greek kephalo-, combining form of kephalḗ head; akin to gable

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cephalo- or (before a vowel) cephal-
combining form
indicating the head: cephalopod
[via Latin from Greek kephalo-, from kephale head]
cephal- or (before a vowel) cephal-
combining form
[via Latin from Greek kephalo-, from kephale head]

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combining form of Gk. kephale "head," as in cephalopod (1826).
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cephalo- or cephal-
Head: cephalometry.

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