- a combining form used in the formation of nouns with the general senses “nourishment, feeding” (mycotrophy), “growth” (hypertrophy); also forming abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -trophic.
Origin of -trophy
< Greek -trophia nutrition, equivalent to troph(ḗ) food + -ia -y3
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- indicating a certain type of nourishment or growthdystrophy
from Greek -trophia, from trophē nourishment
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Word Origin and History for -trophy
word-forming element meaning "food, nourishment," from Greek trophe "food, nourishment," related to trephein "make thrive, nourish, rear; to make solid, congeal, thicken."
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- Nutrition; growth:hypertrophy.
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