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a combining form meaning “having a given type or number of buds, cells, or cell layers,” or “undergoing a given type of development,” as specified by the initial element: holoblastic.
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Origin of -blastic

see origin at blasto-, -ic
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What does -blastic mean?

The combining formblastic is used like a suffix with a variety of meanings. Especially in terms from botany, it means “having a given type or number of buds.” In other scientific terms, this meaning is applied metaphorically to mean “having a given type or number of cells or cell layers” or “undergoing a given type of development.”

The form –blastic comes from a combination of two forms. The first is blast, from Greek blastós, meaning “bud” or “sprout.” The second is the suffix ic, from Latin –icus, meaning “having some characteristics of.” Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for –blast.

Examples of -blastic

A term from zoology that features the form –blastic is triploblastic, “having three primary germ layers, as the embryos of vertebrates.”

Triplo means “triple,” from Greek triplós, while the form –blastic means “having a given number of cell layers.” Triploblastic literally translates to “having triple cell layers.”

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The combining form diplo means “double” or “in pairs.” With this in mind, what does the term diploblastic mean?