1. a combining form used to form abstract action nouns corresponding to nouns with stems ending in -scope: telescopy.

n combining form

  1. indicating a viewing or observationmicroscopy

word-forming element meaning “viewing, examining, observing,” from Modern Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein “to look at, examine” (see scope (n.1)). suff.

  1. Viewing; seeing; observation:microscopy.

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