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

Origin of phylo-

< Greek, combining form of phŷlon phylon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phylo-


before a vowel phyl-

combining form

tribe; race; phylumphylogeny

Word Origin for phylo-

from Greek phulon race
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Medicine definitions for phylo-



Tribe, race, or phylum:phylogenesis.

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