a combining form used in the formation of compound words that have the general sense “unnatural attraction” (necrophilia ), “tendency” (hemophilia ); also forming abstract nouns that correspond to adjectives ending in -philic, or -philous, or nouns ending in -phile.
Also, -phily.

< Greek philía friendship, affinity; see -phile, -ia

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n combining form
1.  indicating a tendency towards: haemophilia
2.  indicating an abnormal liking for: necrophilia
[from Greek philos loving]
n combining form
adj combining form
adj combining form

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Word Origin & History

comb. form meaning "friendship, fondness," from Gk. philia "affection," from philos "loving."
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-philia suff.

  1. Tendency toward: hemophilia.

  2. Abnormal attraction to: necrophilia.

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