a combining form occurring in the names of substances, especially minerals, that seem like or have the qualities of that named by the initial element: collophane, hydrophane.
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British Dictionary definitions for -phane
n combining form
indicating something resembling a specified substancecellophane
Word Origin for -phane
from Greek phainein to shine, (in passive) appear
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Medicine definitions for -phane
A substance resembling something specified:tryptophan.
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