- a combining form meaning “light” (photobiology); also used to represent “photographic” or “photograph” in the formation of compound words: photocopy.
Also especially before a vowel, phot-.
Origin of photo-
< Greek, combining form of phôs (genitive phōtós)
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- of, relating to, or produced by lightphotosynthesis
- indicating a photographic processphotolithography
from Greek phōs, phōt- light
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Word Origin and History for photo-
word-forming element meaning "light" or "photographic" or "photoelectric," from Greek photo-, comb. form of phos (genitive photos) "light," from PIE root *bha- "to shine" (see phantasm).
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- Light; radiant energy:photosynthesis.
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- A prefix that means light, as in photoreceptor.
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