- a combining form from Greek meaning “spine,” used in the formation of compound words: acanthocephalan.
Also especially before a vowel, acanth-.
Origin of acantho-
< Greek akantho-, combining form of ákantha thorn
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before a vowel acanth-
- indicating a spine or thornacanthocephalan
New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn
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- Thorn; spine; spinous process:acanthocyte.
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