a combining form meaning “a thing that devours,” used in the formation of compound words, especially the names of phagocytes: macrophage.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -phage
noun use of Greek -phagos -phagous
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British Dictionary definitions for -phage
n combining form
indicating something that eats or consumes something specifiedbacteriophage
Derived Forms-phagous, adj combining form
Word Origin for -phage
from Greek -phagos; see phago-
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Medicine definitions for -phage
One that eats:macrophage.
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