a combining form with the meanings “iron,” “ferric,” used in the formation of compound words: ferriferous; ferricyanide.

Nearby words

  1. ferrero,
  2. ferrero, guglielmo,
  3. ferret,
  4. ferret badger,
  5. ferret out,
  6. ferriage,
  7. ferric,
  8. ferric ammonium oxalate,
  9. ferric chloride,
  10. ferric chloride test

Also ferro-; especially before a vowel, ferr-.

Origin of ferri-

< Latin, combining form of ferrum iron

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British Dictionary definitions for ferri-


combining form

indicating the presence of iron, esp in the trivalent stateferricyanide; ferriferous Compare ferro-

Word Origin for ferri-

from Latin ferrum iron

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Medicine definitions for ferri-



Iron, especially ferric ion:ferritin.

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