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a combining form occurring in the names of substances, especially minerals, that seem like or have the qualities of that named by the initial element:
collophane, hydrophane.
Origin of -phane
< Greek -phanēs, adjective derivative of phaínesthai to seem, appear; cf. allophane, -phany Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -phane


combining form
indicating something resembling a specified substance: cellophane
Word Origin
from Greek phainein to shine, (in passive) appear
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Word Origin and History for -phane

word-forming element meaning "having the appearance of," from Greek -phanes, from phainein "to show," phainesthai "to appear" (see phantasm).

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-phane in Medicine

-phane or -phan
A substance resembling something specified: tryptophan.

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