Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

telo- Also teleo-.

End; purpose.

[Greek telos, end.]

A telomere (Greek meros, part) is a compound structure at the end of a chromosome; a telogen is the resting phase of a hair follicle; the telophase is the final phase of cell division; the adjective telolecithal (Greek lekithos, egg yolk), refers to an egg or egg cell that has a large yolk situated at or near one end.

Examples spelled teleo- are rarer: teleology is the explanation of phenomena by the purpose they serve rather than by postulated causes; teleonomy is an impression of purpose in living organisms as a result of adaptation through natural selection. For another sense of this spelling, see teleo-.

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