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
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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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Medicine definitions for -philia
Abnormal attraction to:necrophilia.
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