Origin of phyto-
Words nearby phyto-
WORDS THAT USE PHYTO-
What does phyto- mean?
Phyto- comes from the Greek phytón, meaning “plant.”
The corresponding form of phyto- combined to the end of words is -phyte.
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Examples of phyto-
One example of a scientific term that features the combining form phyto- is phytolith. A phytolith is “a microscopic silica body that forms in a living plant and becomes fossilized.”
The first part of the word, phyto-, means “plant.” The second half of the word, -lith, comes from the Greek líthos and means “stone.” Phytolith literally translates to “plant stone.”
What are some words that use the combining form phyto-?
- phytography (using the equivalent form of phyto- in New Latin)
What are some other forms that phyto- may be commonly confused with?
The combining form phyto- should not be confused with the proper noun Phyto, which, alluding to phyto-’s meaning of “plant,” has been used as a brand or product name for hair and skin care products made from botanical extracts.