-penia


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-penia

suff.
Lack; deficiency: leukopenia.

[New Latin, from Greek peniā, poverty, lack; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
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-penia

a combining form meaning “lack, deficiency,” used esp. to form nouns denoting a deficiency in the blood of a factor specified by the initial element: leukopenia.
[< Greek penía poverty, need]
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