-trophy


a combining form used in the formation of nouns with the general senses “nourishment, feeding” (mycotrophy), “growth” (hypertrophy); also forming abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -trophic.

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Origin of -trophy

< Greek -trophia nutrition, equivalent to troph(ḗ) food + -ia -y3

Words nearby -trophy

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British Dictionary definitions for -trophy

-trophy

n combining form

indicating a certain type of nourishment or growthdystrophy

Derived forms of -trophy

-trophic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -trophy

from Greek -trophia, from trophē nourishment
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Medical definitions for -trophy

-trophy

suff.

Nutrition; growth:hypertrophy.
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