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a combining form meaning “bearer of,” “thing or part bearing” that specified by the initial element: gonophore.

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Origin of -phore

<New Latin -phorus<Greek -phoros bearing, verbid of phérein;see bear1
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British Dictionary definitions for -phore

-phore

n combining form

indicating a person or thing that bears or producesgonophore; semaphore
-phorous, adj combining form
from New Latin -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear
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Medical definitions for -phore

-phore

suff.

Bearer; carrier:chromatophore.
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