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

Nearby words

  1. -phobe,
  2. -phobia,
  3. -phobic,
  4. -phone,
  5. -phony,
  6. -phoresis,
  7. -phorous,
  8. -phrenia,
  9. -phyl,
  10. -phyll

Compare -phorous.

Origin of -phore

< New Latin -phorus < Greek -phoros bearing, verbid of phérein; see bear1

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British Dictionary definitions for -phore


n combining form

indicating a person or thing that bears or producesgonophore; semaphore
Derived Forms-phorous, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phore

from New Latin -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear

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Medicine definitions for -phore



Bearer; carrier:chromatophore.

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