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 History of this Word

"penia" is from "penia" (poverty or want) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
cytopenia
hydropenia
neutropenia
sideropenia

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-penia" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates deficiency. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-penia illustration Is osteopenia a problem requiring treatment?
-penia illustration Lymphopenia (low white count) is very common in viral infections such as flu.