-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.

Nearby words

  1. -trix,
  2. -tron,
  3. -trope,
  4. -troph,
  5. -trophic,
  6. -tropic,
  7. -tropism,
  8. -tropous,
  9. -tropy,
  10. -tude

Origin of -trophy

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

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British Dictionary definitions for -trophy

-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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Word Origin and History for -trophy

-trophy

word-forming element meaning "food, nourishment," from Greek trophe "food, nourishment," related to trephein "make thrive, nourish, rear; to make solid, congeal, thicken."

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Medicine definitions for -trophy

-trophy

suff.

Nutrition; growth:hypertrophy.

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