-ome

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of -oma, removing the case ending retained from its Ancient Greek etymon -ωμα ‎(-ōma). Partially cognate to -some ‎(body), from σῶμα ‎(sôma, body), in that both share the case ending -μα ‎(-ma), but the ω is unrelated.

Suffix[edit]

-ome

  1. a mass of something
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Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from mitome, reinforced by chromosome. Early examples include biome (1916) and genome, from German Genom (1920).[1] Some association with genetics due to occurrence in chromosome and genome.

Suffix[edit]

-ome

  1. (biology) the complete whole of a class of substances for a species or an individual
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, 1989

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek -ωμα ‎(-ōma).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

-ome

  1. -oma

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