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-penia

1.
a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “lack, deficiency,” as specified by the initial element:
leukopenia.
Origin
< Neo-Latin, combining form representing Greek penía poverty, need
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-penia in Medicine

-penia suff.
Lack; deficiency: leukopenia.

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