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  1. a combining form meaning “race,” “tribe,” “kind”: phylogeny.
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Also especially before a vowel, phyl-.

Origin of phylo-

< Greek, combining form of phŷlon phylon
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British Dictionary definitions for phylo-


before a vowel phyl-

combining form
  1. tribe; race; phylumphylogeny
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Word Origin

from Greek phulon race
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Word Origin and History for phylo-

before vowels phyl-, word-forming element from comb. form of Greek phylon, phyle "a tribe," also "a political subdivision in ancient Athens," from base of phyein "to bring forth, produce, make to grow," whence also physis "nature" (see physic).

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phylo- in Medicine


  1. Tribe, race, or phylum:phylogenesis.
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