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a combining form from Greek meaning “spine,” used in the formation of compound words: acanthocephalan.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also especially before a vowel, acanth-.
Origin of acantho-
<Greek akantho-, combining form of ákantha thorn
Words nearby acantho-
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British Dictionary definitions for acantho-
before a vowel acanth-
indicating a spine or thornacanthocephalan
Word Origin for acantho-
New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn
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Medical definitions for acantho-
Thorn; spine; spinous process:acanthocyte.
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