pheno-


  1. a combining form meaning “shining,” “appearing, seeming,” used in the formation of compound words: phenocryst.

  2. 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.

Origin of pheno-

1
<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
  • Also especially before a vowel, phen- .

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British Dictionary definitions for pheno-

pheno-

combining form
  1. showing or manifesting: phenotype

  2. indicating that a molecule contains benzene rings: phenobarbital

Origin of pheno-

1
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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