Words nearby -phagy
WORDS THAT USE -PHAGY
What does -phagy mean?
The form -phagy ultimately comes from the Greek phageîn, meaning “to eat, devour.” This Greek root also helps form the word esophagus. Discover the connection at our entry for the word.
What are variants of -phagy?
Closely related to -phagy are -phage and -phagous. A corresponding form of -phagy combined to the beginning of words is phago-. Learn more about their specific applications at our Words That Use articles for the forms.
Examples of -phagy
One example of a term from biology that features the combining form -phagy is cytophagy, meaning “the ingestion of cells by other cells.”
Cyto- is a combining form that means “cell.” The second part of the word, -phagy, means “eating,” as we’ve seen. Cytophagy, then, literally translates to “cell-eating.”
What are some words that use the combining form -phagy?
- xerophagy (using the equivalent form of -phagy in Greek)
What are some other forms that -phagy may be commonly confused with?