rhin-


variant of rhino- before a vowel: rhinencephalon.

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WORDS THAT USE RHIN-

What does rhin- mean?

Rhin- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “nose.” It is often used in medical terms.

Rhin- comes from the Greek rhī́s, meaning “nose.”

Rhin- is a variant of rhino-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use rhino- article.

Examples of rhin-

An example of one of the many medical terms that use rhin- is rhinitis, meaning “inflammation of the nose or its mucous membrane.”

We know that rhin- means “nose.” The second part of the word, -itis, is a combining form used in medical terms to denote “inflammation.” So, rhinitis translates literally to “nose inflammation.”

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What are some other forms that rhin- may be commonly confused with?

The Rhine is a famous river flowing through central Europe, notably Germany. While it begins with the letters rhin-, the name of the Rhine is unrelated to the combining form rhin-, meaning “nose.”

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The combining form algia is used as a suffix in medical terminology to mean “pain.” If rhin- means “nose,” then what is a medical term for “pain in the nose”?