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a combining form meaning “bearer of,” “thing or part bearing” that specified by the initial element:
Compare -phorous.
Origin of -phore
< New Latin -phorus < Greek -phoros bearing, verbid of phérein; see bear1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -phore


combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears or produces: gonophore, semaphore
Derived Forms
-phorous, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from New Latin -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear
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-phore in Medicine

-phore suff.
Bearer; carrier: chromatophore.

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