a combining form meaning “light” (photobiology); also used to represent “photographic” or “photograph” in the formation of compound words: photocopy.
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Also especially before a vowel, phot-.
Origin of photo-
< Greek, combining form of phôs (genitive phōtós)
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British Dictionary definitions for photo-
of, relating to, or produced by lightphotosynthesis
indicating a photographic processphotolithography
Word Origin for photo-
from Greek phōs, phōt- light
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Medicine definitions for photo-
Light; radiant energy:photosynthesis.
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Science definitions for photo-
A prefix that means light, as in photoreceptor.
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