[fon-ik, foh-nik]
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Origin of phonic

First recorded in 1815–25; phon- + -ic
Related formsphon·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for phonic

"pertaining to sound," 1793, from Greek phone "voice" (see fame (n.)) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

phonic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having the nature of sound, especially speech sounds.
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