-philia


a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “unnatural attraction” (necrophilia), “tendency” (hemophilia); also forming abstract nouns that correspond to adjectives ending in -philic or -philous or nouns ending in -phile.

Words nearby -philia

Also -phily.

Origin of -philia

< Greek philía friendship, affinity; see -phile, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for -philia

-philia

n combining form

indicating a tendency towardshaemophilia
indicating an abnormal liking fornecrophilia

Derived forms of -philia

-philiac, n combining form

Word Origin for -philia

from Greek philos loving
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Medicine definitions for -philia

-philia

suff.

Tendency toward:hemophilia.
Abnormal attraction to:necrophilia.
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