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a combining form meaning “lover of,” “enthusiast for” that specified by the initial element:
Anglophile; bibliophile; demophile.
Also, -phil.
Origin of -phile
< Latin -philus, -phila < Greek -philos dear, beloved (occurring in proper names). Compare French -phile Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -phile


combining form
indicating a person or thing having a fondness or preference for something specified: bibliophile, Francophile
Word Origin
from Greek philos loving
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Word Origin and History for -phile

also -phil, word-forming element meaning "one that loves, likes, or is attracted to," via French -phile and Medieval Latin -philus in this sense, from Greek -philos, common suffix in personal names (e.g. Theophilos), from philos "loving, dear," from philein "to love," of unknown origin.

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-phile in Medicine

-phile or -phil

  1. One that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for: thermophile.

  2. Loving; having a strong affinity or preference for: basophil.

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