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

Nearby words

  1. -pathia,
  2. -pathic,
  3. -pathy,
  4. -ped,
  5. -pede,
  6. -person,
  7. -petal,
  8. -pexy,
  9. -phage,
  10. -phagia

Origin of -penia

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

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Medicine definitions for -penia



Lack; deficiency:leukopenia.

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