variant of phyto- as final element of compound words: lithophyte.

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British Dictionary definitions for -phyte


n combining form

indicating a plant of a specified type or habitatlithophyte; thallophyte
Derived Forms-phytic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phyte

from Greek phuton plant
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Word Origin and History for -phyte

word-forming element meaning "plant, plant characteristic; planting, growth; abnormal growth," from Greek phyton "plant" (see phyto-).

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-phyte in Medicine



A plant with a specified character or habitat:saprophyte.
A pathological growth:osteophyte.
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