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a combining form occurring in compound words which have the general sense “something that repels or drives away” whatever is specified by the initial element:
Origin of -fuge
< French < Latin -fugus, derivative of fugāre to drive away Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -fuge


combining form
indicating an agent or substance that expels or drives away: vermifuge
Derived Forms
-fugal, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Latin fugāre to expel, put to flight
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Word Origin and History for -fuge

word-forming element meaning "that which drives away or out," from Modern Latin -fugus, with sense from Latin fugare "to put to flight," but form from Latin fugere "to flee."

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-fuge in Medicine

-fuge suff.
One that expels or drives away: vermifuge.

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