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a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “unnatural attraction” (necrophilia), “tendency” (hemophilia); also forming abstract nouns that correspond to adjectives ending in -philic, or -philous, or nouns ending in -phile.
Also, -phily.
Origin of -philia
< Greek philía friendship, affinity; see -phile, -ia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -philia


combining form
indicating a tendency towards: haemophilia
indicating an abnormal liking for: necrophilia
Derived Forms
-philiac, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Greek philos loving
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Word Origin and History for -philia

word-forming element meaning "friendship, fondness, tendency toward," and in recent use "abnormal attraction to," from Greek philia "affection," from philos "loving," of uncertain origin. Related: -philic.

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-philia in Medicine

-philia suff.

  1. Tendency toward: hemophilia.

  2. Abnormal attraction to: necrophilia.

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