-phane

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-phane

or -phan
suff.
A substance resembling something specified: tryptophan.

[From Greek -phanēs, appearing, from phainesthai, to appear; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

-phane

n combining form
indicating something resembling a specified substance: cellophane.
[from Greek phainein to shine, (in passive) appear]

-phane

a combining form occurring in the names of substances, esp. minerals, that seem like or have the appearance of that named by the initial element: cymophane; hydrophane.
[< Greek -phanēs, adj. derivative of phaínesthai to seem, appear; compare allophane, -phany]