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acantho-

1.
a combining form from Greek meaning “spine,” used in the formation of compound words:
acanthocephalan.
Also, especially before a vowel, acanth-.
Origin
< Greek akantho-, combining form of ákantha thorn
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British Dictionary definitions for acanth-

acantho-

combining form
1.
indicating a spine or thorn: acanthocephalan
Word Origin
New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn
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acanth- in Medicine

acantho- or acanth-
pref.
Thorn; spine; spinous process: acanthocyte.

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