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a combining form meaning “eating, devouring,” used in the formation of compound words:
Compare -phage, -phagous, -phagy.
Origin of phago-
< Greek, combining form akin to phageîn to eat, devour Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phago-


combining form
eating, consuming, or destroying: phagocyte
Word Origin
from Greek phagein to consume
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Word Origin and History for phago-

word-forming element meaning "eating," from Greek phago- "eating, devouring," (see -phagous).

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phago- in Medicine

phago- pref.
Eating; consuming: phagocyte.

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