variants: or ankylo- or less commonly anchyl- or anchylo- or ancyl- or ancylo-

Definition of ankyl-

1 : crooked : curved Ancylostoma

2 [ New Latin, from Greek ankyl-, ankylo-, from ankylōsis ]

a : stiff, immobile, constricted, or closed because of adhesion ankyloglossia ankylurethria
b : ankylosis ankylophobia

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History and Etymology for ankyl-

New Latin, from Greek ankyl-, ankylo-, from ankylos; akin to Greek ankos glen

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