a combining form used to form abstract action nouns corresponding to nouns with stems ending in -scope: telescopy.
Origin of -scopy
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n combining form
indicating a viewing or observationmicroscopy
Word Origin for -scopy
from Greek -skopia, from skopein to look at
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word-forming element meaning "viewing, examining, observing," from Modern Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein "to look at, examine" (see scope (n.1)).
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Viewing; seeing; observation:microscopy.
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