a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic; neurotropic; psychotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” a specified organ (gonadotropic).
Origin of -tropic
see origin at tropic
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British Dictionary definitions for -tropic
adj combining form
turning or developing in response to a certain stimulusheliotropic
Word Origin for -tropic
from Greek tropos a turn; see trope
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Medicine definitions for -tropic
Affecting or attracted to something specified:gonadotropic.
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