Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

orchid(o)- Also orch(i)-.

Testicle; orchid.

[Greek orkhis, testicle.]

An orchiectomy or orchidectomy (Greek ektomē, excision) is surgical removal of a testicle; orchitis is inflammation of one or both of the testicles; orchidopexy is an operation to fix an undescended testicle in position.

The form has been applied to orchids because their tubers were thought to resemble testicles; hence orchidaceous, relating to plants of the orchid family; orchidist, a grower or fancier of orchids; orchidology, their study.

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