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a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phone:
Origin of -phony
< Greek -phōnia; see -phone, -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -phony


combining form
indicating a specified type of sound: cacophony, euphony
Derived Forms
-phonic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek -phōnia, from phōnē sound
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-phony in Medicine

-phony suff.
Sound: microphony.

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