Also -phyte.

Origin of phyto-

< Greek phyt(ón) a plant + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for phyto-


before a vowel phyt-

combining form
  1. indicating a plant or vegetationphytogenesis

Word Origin for phyto-

from Greek phuton plant, from phuein to make grow
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Word Origin and History for phyto-

word-forming element meaning "plant," from Greek phyton "plant," literally "that which has grown," from phyein "to grow" (see physic).

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phyto- in Medicine


  1. Plant:phytohormones.
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