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  1. a combining form used in the formation of abstract nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phone: telephony.
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Origin of -phony

< Greek -phōnia; see -phone, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -phony


n combining form
  1. indicating a specified type of soundcacophony; euphony
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Derived Forms-phonic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phony

from Greek -phōnia, from phōnē sound
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-phony in Medicine


  1. Sound:microphony.
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