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

Words nearby -poiesis

Origin of -poiesis

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


n combining form

indicating the act of making or producing something specifiedhaematopoiesis

Derived forms of -poiesis

-poietic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -poiesis

from Greek, from poiēsis a making; see poesy
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Medical definitions for -poiesis



Production; creation; formation:hemopoiesis.
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