-tropic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek τροπικός (tropikós, of or pertaining to a turn or change; or the solstice; or a trope or figure; tropic; tropical; etc.), from τροπή (tropḗ, turn; solstice; trope). Compare trope and tropic.

Suffix[edit]

-tropic

  1. (sciences) turning or changing
  2. (sciences) affecting or attracted to the thing specified

Usage notes[edit]

Frequently confused with -trophic (growth, development; nutrition), which is instead from Ancient Greek τροφικός (trophikós, pertaining to food or nourishment), from τροφή (trophḗ, food).[1] Compare tropic hormone (drives other glands) and trophic hormone (effects growth) and tropo-/tropho-.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Trophic vs. Tropic”, Werner Steinberg, JAMA, May 3, 1952, 149(1), p. 82, doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930180084027.