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a combining form meaning “shining,” “appearing, seeming,” used in the formation of compound words: phenocryst.
a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds that contain phenol or the phenyl group, are related to aromatic compounds, or derive from benzene: phenobarbital.
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Also especially before a vowel, phen- .
Origin of pheno-
<New Latin phaeno- <Greek phaino- shining, combining form of phaínein to shine, appear; in chemical senses, used originally with reference to products from the manufacture of illuminating gas
Words nearby pheno-
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How to use pheno- in a sentence
The pseudoscientific synonym pheno-methylene-formate carries the idea that Pyo-Atoxin is a definite chemical substance.
British Dictionary definitions for pheno-
before a vowel phen-
showing or manifestingphenotype
indicating that a molecule contains benzene ringsphenobarbital
Word Origin for pheno-
from Greek phaino- shining, from phainein to show; its use in a chemical sense is exemplified in phenol, so called because originally prepared from illuminating gas
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Medical definitions for pheno-
Relating to or derived from benzene:phenol.
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