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  1. a combining form meaning “heat,” “heat generation,” used in the formation of compound words: diathermy.
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Origin of -thermy

< New Latin -thermia; see -therm, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -thermy


n combining form
  1. indicating heatdiathermy
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Derived Forms-thermic or -thermal, adj combining form

Word Origin for -thermy

from New Latin -thermia, from Greek thermē
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-thermy in Medicine


  1. Heat:diathermy.
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