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a combining form meaning “seeking, moving toward” that specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words:
Origin of -petal
< New Latin -pet(us) seeking, derivative of Latin petere to seek + -al1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -petal


combining form
seeking: centripetal
Word Origin
from New Latin -petus, from Latin petere to seek
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-petal in Medicine

-petal suff.
Moving toward: basipetal.

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