- a combining form meaning “nourishment,” used in the formation of compound words: trophosome.
Also especially before a vowel, troph-.
Origin of tropho-
combining form of Greek trophḗ nourishment, food; akin to tréphein to feed, nourish
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before a vowel troph-
- indicating nourishment or nutritiontrophozoite
from Greek trophē food, from trephein to feed
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Word Origin and History for tropho-
before vowels, troph-, word-forming element from comb. form of Greek trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy).
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- Nutrition; nutritive:trophoblast.
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