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.
any of several plants of the genus Acanthus, of the Mediterranean region, having spiny or toothed leaves and showy, white or purplish flowers. Compare . an architectural ornament, as in the Corinthian capital, resembling the leaves of this plant. Historical Examples The mould grows up, and hides the capital of the fallen column; the acanthus […]