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"karyo" is from "karuon" (kernel) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"karyo-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "cell nucleus" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

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karyo- illustration The only time that fungal nuclei ever actually merge with their cell-mate is just before spore production, and this process is called karyogamy.
karyo- illustration Caryopses are typical of members of the grass family, including the cereals.