pheno-

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pheno-

or phen-
pref.
1. Showing; displaying: phenotype.
2.
a. Related to or derived from benzene: phenol.
b. Containing phenyl: phenothiazine.

[Greek phaino-, from phainein, to show; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

pheno-

or before a vowel

phen-

combining form
1. showing or manifesting: phenotype.
2. (Chemistry) indicating that a molecule contains benzene rings: phenobarbital.
[from Greek phaino- shining, from phainein to show; its use in a chemical sense is exemplified in phenol, so called because originally prepared from illuminating gas]

pheno-

1. a combining form meaning “shining,” “appearing, seeming”: phenocryst.
2. a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds that contain phenol or the phenyl group, are related to aromatic compounds, or derive from benzene: phenobarbital.
Also, esp. before a vowel, phen-.
[< New Latin phaeno- < Greek phaino- shining, comb. form of phaínein to shine, appear; in chemical senses, used orig. with reference to byproducts in manufacture of illuminating gas]