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-poiesis

  1. a combining form meaning “making, formation,” used in the formation of compound words:

    hematopoiesis.



-poiesis

combining form

  1. indicating the act of making or producing something specified

    haematopoiesis



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Derived Forms

  • -poietic, combining_form:in_adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of -poiesis1

< Greek -poiēsis; poesy, -sis

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Word History and Origins

Origin of -poiesis1

from Greek, from poiēsis a making; see poesy

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Words That Use -poiesis

What does -poiesis mean?

The combining formpoiesis is used like a suffix meaning “making, formation.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.

The form –poiesis comes from Greek –poiēsis, meaning “a making” or “creation,” from the verb poieîn, “to make.” Another descendant of poieîn is the English word poet. To learn more, check out our entry about poet.

What are variants of –poiesis?

The form –poiesis doesn’t have any variants. However, it is related to the form poietic, which is used to form adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in –poiesis. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article about –poietic.

Examples of -poiesis

One example of a scientific term that features the form –poiesis is uropoiesis, “the production and excretion of urine.”

As you may have guessed, the form uro means “urine,” from Greek oûron. The form –poiesis means “formation.” Uropoiesis literally translates to “urine formation.”

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What are some other forms that –poiesis may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form hemo means “blood.” With this in mind, what does hemopoiesis mean?

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