acantho

acantho-

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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acantho- or (before a vowel) acanth-
 
combining form
indicating a spine or thorn: acanthocephalan
 
[New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn]
 
acanth- or (before a vowel) acanth-
 
combining form
 
[New Latin from Greek akanthos thorn plant, from akantha thorn]

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

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