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Nutrition; growth: hypertrophy.
[Greek -trophiā, from trophē, from trephein, to nourish.]
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n combining form
indicating a certain type of nourishment or growth: dystrophy.
[from Greek -trophia, from trophē nourishment]
-trophic adj combining form
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n., pl. -phies.
1. anything taken in war, hunting, competition, etc., esp. when preserved as a memento.
2. anything won or awarded as a token or evidence of victory, valor, skill, etc.: athletic trophies.
3. a carving, painting, or other representation of objects associated with victory or achievement.
4. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a memorial to a military victory, orig. captured armor and weapons hung at the site of a rout.
[1505–15; earlier trophe < French trophée < Latin trop(h)aeum < Greek trópaion, n. use of neuter of trópaios, tropaîos of turning or putting to flight, derivative of trop(ḗ) a turning. compare trope]
a combining form meaning “nutrition,” “growth, development” (dystrophy; hypertrophy); also forming abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -trophic.
[< Greek -trophia nutrition =troph(ḗ) food + -ia -y3]
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