Words nearby sulf-
WORDS THAT USE SULF-
What does sulf- mean?
The combining form sulf- is used like a prefix meaning “sulfur,” a nonmetallic element known for its distinctive odor. This form is often used in scientific terms, especially in chemistry.
The form sulf- comes from Latin sulfur, meaning both “sulfur” and “brimstone.”
What are variants of sulf-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a consonant, sulf- becomes sulfo-, as in sulfocarbanilide. In British English, sulf- is spelled sulph- or sulpho-, as in sulphide. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for these combining forms.
Examples of sulf-
One example of a scientific term that features the form sulf- is sulfide, “a compound of sulfur.”
The sulf- part of the word means “sulfur,” while the -ide portion is a suffix used to name chemical compounds. Sulfide literally means “sulfur compound.”
What are some words that use the combining form sulf-?
- sulfatase (using the equivalent form of sulf- in German)
- sulfate (using the equivalent form of sulf- in Latin)
- sulfone (using the equivalent form of sulf- in German)
What are some other forms that sulf- may be commonly confused with?