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