WORDS THAT USE -PHILIA
What does -philia mean?
In some specific terms from chemistry or biology, it is used to mean “cell staining with a specific dye.” It is often used in scientific and everyday terms, especially in biology and psychology. The form -philia is used to make noun forms of words ending in -philic, -philous, or -phile.
The form -philia comes from Greek philía, meaning “friendship, affinity.” The Latin translation is amīcitia, which is the source of such words as amity.
While -philia doesn’t have any variants, it is related to six other combining forms: -phile, -philiac, -philic, -philism, -philous, and -phily. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.
Examples of -philia
One example of a scientific term that features the form -philia is hydrophilia, “a tendency of the blood and tissues to absorb fluid.”
The first part of the word, hydro-, means “water,” from Greek hýdōr, while -philia means “tendency” or “liking for.” Hydrophilia literally translates to “liking for water.”
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How to use -philia in a sentence
Two female figures, Philia and Metrodora, stand clasping hands.