Meaning of pheno-

pheno-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “shining,” “appearing, seeming,” used in the formation of compound words: 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.
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