a combining form meaning “eating, devouring,” used in the formation of compound words: phagocyte.

Origin of phago-

< Greek, combining form akin to phageîn to eat, devour Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phago-


before a vowel phag-

combining form

eating, consuming, or destroyingphagocyte

Word Origin for phago-

from Greek phagein to consume
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Word Origin and History for phago-

word-forming element meaning "eating," from Greek phago- "eating, devouring," (see -phagous).

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phago- in Medicine



Eating; consuming:phagocyte.
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