- a combining form meaning “plant,” used in the formation of compound words: phytogenesis.
Origin of phyto-
< Greek phyt(ón) a plant + -o-
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before a vowel phyt-
- indicating a plant or vegetationphytogenesis
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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