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variant of phyto- as final element of compound words:
lithophyte. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phyte


combining form
indicating a plant of a specified type or habitat: lithophyte, thallophyte
Derived Forms
-phytic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek phuton plant
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Word Origin and History for phyte


word-forming element meaning "plant, plant characteristic; planting, growth; abnormal growth," from Greek phyton "plant" (see phyto-).

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phyte in Medicine

-phyte suff.

  1. A plant with a specified character or habitat: saprophyte.

  2. A pathological growth: osteophyte.

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