-graphy


a combining form denoting a process or form of drawing, writing, representing, recording, describing, etc., or an art or science concerned with such a process: biography; choreography; geography; orthography; photography.

Nearby words

  1. -grade,
  2. -gram,
  3. -graph,
  4. -grapher,
  5. -graphic,
  6. -gyne,
  7. -gynous,
  8. -gyny,
  9. -haemia,
  10. -haired

Origin of -graphy

< Greek -graphia. See -graph, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for graphy

-graphy

n combining form

indicating a form or process of writing, representing, etccalligraphy; photography
indicating an art or descriptive sciencechoreography; oceanography

Word Origin for -graphy

via Latin from Greek -graphia, from graphein to write

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Word Origin and History for graphy

-graphy

word-forming element meaning "process of writing or recording" or "a writing, recording, or description," from French or German -graphie, from Greek -graphia "description of," from graphein "write, express by written characters," earlier "to draw, represent by lines drawn," originally "to scrape, scratch" (on clay tablets with a stylus), from PIE root *gerbh- "to scratch, carve" (see carve). In modern use, especially in forming names of descriptive sciences.

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Medicine definitions for graphy

-graphy

suff.

A writing or representation produced in a specified manner or by a specified process:tomography.
A writing about or a representation of a specified thing:ophthalmography.

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