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.

Words nearby -fuge

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 of -fuge

-fugal, adj combining form

Word Origin for -fuge

from Latin fugāre to expel, put to flight
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Medical definitions for -fuge



One that expels or drives away:vermifuge.
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