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Words nearby -tropy
WORDS THAT USE -TROPY
What does -tropy mean?
These endings variously denote “turning, changing, reacting, responding.” Learn more about -tropic and -tropous at our Words That Use articles for the forms.
The form -tropy ultimately comes from the Greek trópos, “turn,” and tropḗ, “a turning.” The Greek trópos is also the source of the words trope and tropical. It’s your turn to make the connection between “turning,” figures of speech, and the tropics at our entries for the words.
What are variants of -tropy?
Examples of -tropy
Syntropy is “the occasional tendency of two diseases to coalesce into one,” among other senses.
The first part of the word, syn–, means “with” or “together.” The second part of the word, –tropy, indicates “turning” or “changing.” Syntropy, then, literally translates to “turning or changing together.”
Related to the word syntropy is entropy, the tendency of a system toward disorder. Make some order out of this important concept at our entry for the word.
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