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a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “love or liking” (ailurophilia,Anglophilia), “unnatural attraction” (coprophilia,necrophilia), “tendency” (biophilia,hemophilia,) in histology, “cell staining with a specific dye” (chromophilia,eosinophilia); also forming abstract nouns that correspond to adjectives ending in -philic or -philous or nouns ending in -phile (zoophilia,spasmophilia).
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Example sentences from the Web for -philia
Two female figures, Philia and Metrodora, stand clasping hands.
British Dictionary definitions for -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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Medical definitions for -philia
Abnormal attraction to:necrophilia.
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