-penia


a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “lack, deficiency,” as specified by the initial element: leukopenia.

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Origin of -penia

< New Latin, combining form representing Greek penía poverty, need

Words nearby -penia

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Medical definitions for -penia

-penia

suff.

Lack; deficiency:leukopenia.
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