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.

Nearby words

  1. -pexy,
  2. -phage,
  3. -phagia,
  4. -phagous,
  5. -phagy,
  6. -phany,
  7. -phasia,
  8. -phemia,
  9. -phil,
  10. -phile

Origin of -phane

< Greek -phanēs, adjective derivative of phaínesthai to seem, appear; cf. allophane, -phany

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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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Word Origin and History for -phane


word-forming element meaning "having the appearance of," from Greek -phanes, from phainein "to show," phainesthai "to appear" (see phantasm).

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Medicine definitions for -phane



A substance resembling something specified:tryptophan.

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