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  1. a combining form from Greek meaning “spine,” used in the formation of compound words: acanthocephalan.
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Also especially before a vowel, acanth-.

Origin of acantho-

< Greek akantho-, combining form of ákantha thorn
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British Dictionary definitions for acantho-


before a vowel acanth-

combining form
  1. indicating a spine or thornacanthocephalan
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Word Origin

New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn
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acantho- in Medicine


  1. Thorn; spine; spinous process:acanthocyte.
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