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

< Greek -poiēsis; see poesy, -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for -poiesis


n combining form
  1. indicating the act of making or producing something specifiedhaematopoiesis
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Derived Forms-poietic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -poiesis

from Greek, from poiēsis a making; see poesy
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-poiesis in Medicine


  1. Production; creation; formation:hemopoiesis.
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