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a combining form meaning “mind,” “diaphragm,” used in the formation of compound words: phrenology.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Also especially before a vowel, phren-.
Origin of phreno-
<Greek phreno-, combining form representing phrḗn mind, diaphragm
Words nearby phreno-
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How to use phreno- in a sentence
Phreno-mesmerism, or the connexion between phrenology and mesmerism.
But the earnest explorer will find the countenances of cabmen to be the most remunerative phreno-physiognomical studies.
British Dictionary definitions for phreno-
before a vowel phren-
mind or brainphrenology
of or relating to the diaphragmphrenic
Word Origin for phreno-
from Greek phrēn mind, diaphragm
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