a suffix meaning “resembling,” “like,” used in the formation of adjectives and nouns (and often implying an incomplete or imperfect resemblance to what is indicated by the preceding element): alkaloid; anthropoid; cardioid; cuboid; lithoid; ovoid; planetoid.
Origin of -oid
< Greek -oeidēs, equivalent to -o- -o- + -eidēs having the form of, derivative of eîdos form
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British Dictionary definitions for -oid
suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
indicating likeness, resemblance, or similarityanthropoid
Word Origin for -oid
from Greek -oeidēs resembling, form of, from eidos form
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Medicine definitions for -oid
Resembling; one that resembles:cancroid.
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Science definitions for -oid
A suffix meaning like or resembling, as in ellipsoid, a geometric solid that resembles an ellipse.
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