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
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British Dictionary definitions for -trophy
n combining form
indicating a certain type of nourishment or growthdystrophy
Derived Forms-trophic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -trophy
from Greek -trophia, from trophē nourishment
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Medicine definitions for -trophy
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