WORDS THAT USE -GRAPHY
What does -graphy mean?
The combining form -graphy is used like a suffix meaning “a process or form of drawing, writing, representing, recording, describing, etc.” or “an art or science concerned with such a process.” It is often used in scientific and technical terms.
The form -graphy comes from Greek -graphia, used to denote abstract nouns of action or function related to -graphos, meaning “drawn or written.” To learn more, read our entry on graph.
What are variants of -graphy?
While -graphy doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the forms -graph, as in radiograph, and -graphic, as in histographic. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on -graphy and -graphic.
Examples of -graphy
An example of a word you may have encountered that features -graphy is topography, “the detailed mapping or charting of the features of a relatively small area, district, or locality.” Topography comes from Greek topographía, which features the equivalent of -graphy in that language.
The topo- part of the word means “place,” from Greek tópos. As we already know, the form -graphy means “a form of representing or recording.” Topography literally translates to “a form of representing or recording a place.”
What are some words that use the combining form -graphy?
- geography (using the equivalent form of -graphy in Greek)
- typography (using the equivalent form of -graphy in Latin)
What are some other forms that -graphy may be commonly confused with?
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