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a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek (amphibious); on this model, used with the meaning “two,” “both,” “on both sides,” in the formation of compound words:
Origin of amphi-
< Greek, combining form of amphí on both sides; cognate with Latin amb(i)- ambi-, Albanian mbë; akin to Old English ymb(e)- around Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for amphi-


on both sides; at both ends; of both kinds: amphipod, amphitrichous, amphibious
around: amphibole
Word Origin
from Greek
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Word Origin and History for amphi-

before a vowel amph-, word-forming element from Greek amphi- "both, of both kinds, on both sides, around," comb. form of amphi "round about, around;" cognate with Latin ambi- (see ambi-).

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amphi- in Medicine

amphi- or amph- or ampho-

  1. Both: amphibaric.

  2. On both sides: amphicentric.

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