a combining form meaning “flow,” “discharge,” used in the formation of compound words: gonorrhea.

Nearby words

  1. -rhoea,
  2. -ridden,
  3. -rigged,
  4. -rrhagia,
  5. -rrhaphy,
  6. -rrhexis,
  7. -rrhiza,
  8. -rrhoea,
  9. -ry,
  10. -s

Also -rhea.

Compare rheo-.

Origin of -rrhea

< New Latin -rrhoea < Greek -rrhoia, combining form representing rhoía a flow, akin to rheîn to flow, stream

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Medicine definitions for -rrhea



Flow; discharge:seborrhea.

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