a combining form meaning “eating, devouring,” used in the formation of compound words: phagocyte.
- phagocytic index,
- phagocytic pneumonocyte,
Origin of phago-
< Greek, combining form akin to phageîn to eat, devour
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before a vowel phag-
eating, consuming, or destroyingphagocyte
Word Origin for phago-
from Greek phagein to consume
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word-forming element meaning "eating," from Greek phago- "eating, devouring," (see -phagous).
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