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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-sphere

A broadly spherical object or region.

[English sphere, derived from Greek sphaira, ball.]

The larger proportion of common words in -sphere refer to the Earth, such as atmosphere or biosphere. Several others refer to regions of a star, such as photosphere. Others are general terms relating to a spherical object or region: hemisphere. For more details and additional examples, Adjectives are formed either in -speric (atmospheric, ionospheric), or less commonly in -spherical (hemispherical).

Examples of words in -sphere
Word origins are from Greek unless otherwise stated.

atmosphere the envelope of gases surrounding the earth or another planet atmos, vapour
biosphere the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the earth or another planet occupied by living organisms bios, life
hemisphere a half of a sphere hēmi-, half
ionosphere the layer of the earth's atmosphere which contains a high concentration of ions and free electrons and is able to reflect radio waves English ion
lithosphere the rigid outer part of the earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle lithos, stone
magnetosphere the region surrounding the earth or another astronomical body in which its magnetic field is the predominant effective magnetic field English magnet
photosphere the luminous envelope of a star from which its light and heat radiate phōs, phōt-, light
stratosphere the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface Latin stratus, strewn
troposphere the lowest region of the atmosphere, extending from the earth's surface to a height of about 6-10 km tropos, turning

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