a combining form meaning “plant,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating a plant or vegetation: phytogenesis

word-forming element meaning “plant,” from Greek phyton “plant,” literally “that which has grown,” from phyein “to grow” (see physic).

phyto- or phyt-
Plant: phytohormones.


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