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 History of this Word

"tomy" is from "tomos" (cutting) 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,
polytomy
dichotomy
phlebectomy
zootomy

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-tomy" is a type of suffix

Definition

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

Examples of how the word is used

-tomy illustration If your throat continues to hurt, you might be told you need a tonsillectomy.
-tomy illustration This booklet describes the anatomical approach to radical prostatectomy that has evolved.