a combining form from Greek meaning “spine,” used in the formation of compound words:
indicating a spine or thorn: acanthocephalan
acantho- or acanth-
Thorn; spine; spinous process: acanthocyte.
acantha acantha a·can·tha (ə-kān’thə) n. pl. a·can·thae (-thē) A sharp spiny part or structure, such as the spinous process of a vertebra.
having prickly growths. belonging to the plant family Acanthaceae. adjective of or relating to the Acanthaceae, a mainly tropical and subtropical family of flowering plants that includes the acanthus having spiny or prickly outgrowths
acanthamebiasis acanthamebiasis a·can·tha·me·bi·a·sis (ə-kān’thə-mē-bī’ə-sĭs) n. Infection with amebas of the genus Acanthamoeba that may result in a necrotizing dermal or tissue infection or in meningoencephalitis.
acanthamoeba Acanthamoeba A·can·tha·moe·ba (ə-kān’thə-mē’bə) n. A free-living ameba found in soil, sewage, and water, several species of which cause acanthamebiasis.