Words nearby -philiac
WORDS THAT USE -PHILIAC
What does -philiac mean?
The form -philiac roughly means “someone with a liking, tendency, or attraction.” It is occasionally used in scientific and everyday terms, especially in pathology.
The form -philiac comes from Greek -philiakos, which roughly means “friend.”
While -philiac doesn’t have any variants, it is related to six other combining forms: -phile, -philia, -philic, -philism, -philous, and -phily. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.
Examples of -philiac
One example of a medical term that features the form -philiac is hemophiliac, a term for a person with hemophilia, which is a disease in which the blood doesn’t clot correctly, causing excessive bleeding. The word hemophiliac ultimately comes from haemophilia, which uses the equivalent form of -philia in Latin.
The hemo- part of the word means “blood,” from Greek haîma, while -philiac means “someone with a liking, tendency, or attraction.” Hemophiliac literally translates to “someone with a tendency for blood [bleeding].”
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