-philia

noun combining form

Definition of -philia

  1. 1 :  friendly feeling toward <Francophilia>

  2. 2 :  tendency toward <hemophilia>

  3. 3 :  abnormal appetite or liking for <necrophilia>

Origin and Etymology of -philia

New Latin, from Greek philia friendship, from philos dear


-PHILIA Defined for English Language Learners

-philia

noun combining form

Definition of -philia for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of love or admiration for something

  • : a feeling of unusual or abnormal sexual desire for someone or something


Medical Dictionary

-philia

noun combining form -phil·ia \ˈfil-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of -philia

  1. 1:  tendency toward <hemophilia>

  2. 2:  abnormal appetite or liking for <necrophilia>


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