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variant of flavo- before a vowel: flavone.
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flav.

abbreviation (in prescriptions)
yellow.

Origin of flav.

From the Latin word flāvus
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WORDS THAT USE FLAV-

What does flav- mean?

Flav- is a combining form used like a prefix typically meaning “yellow.” When used in biochemistry terms, flavo- means “flavin,” a pale yellow chemical compound found in a variety of biological substances, like vitamins.

Flav- comes from Latin flāvus, meaning “yellow” or “blonde.” The Greek equivalent of flāvus is xanthós, “yellow.” To learn more, read our Words That Use articles on xanth- and xantho-.

What are variants of flav-?

Flav- is a variant of flavo-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use flavo- article.

Examples of flav-

An example of a scientific term that features the form flav- is flavine, a term used in chemistry to mean “acriflavine hydrochloride,” a chemical compound.

The form flav- means “yellow,” while the suffix -ine has a variety of meanings, including denoting a chemical compound. Flavine literally means “yellow chemical compound.”

What are some words that use the combining form flav-?

What are some other forms that flav- may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters flav-, such as flavor, is necessarily using the combining form flav- to denote “yellow.” Learn why flavor means “taste” at our entry for the word.

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The chemical compounds known as flavonoids are frequently found in plants. Keeping in mind the meaning of flav-, what color are these compounds in nature?

How to use flav- in a sentence

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