a combining form occurring in compound words which have the general sense “something that repels or drives away” whatever is specified by the initial element: vermifuge.
Origin of -fuge
< French < Latin -fugus, derivative of fugāre to drive away
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British Dictionary definitions for -fuge
n combining form
indicating an agent or substance that expels or drives awayvermifuge
Derived Forms-fugal, adj combining form
Word Origin for -fuge
from Latin fugāre to expel, put to flight
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Medicine definitions for -fuge
One that expels or drives away:vermifuge.
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