a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -poiesis: hematopoietic.

Origin of -poietic

< Greek -poiētikos. See poetic
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Word Origin and History for -poietic


word-forming element meaning "making, producing," from Latinized form of Greek poietikos "capable of making, creative, productive," from poiein "to make, create" (see poet).

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Medicine definitions for -poietic



Productive; formative:galactopoietic.
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