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

spongio- Also spongi- and spongo-.

A sponge; sponge-like.

[Latin spongia, from Greek.]

Something spongiform has a porous structure or consistency resembling that of a sponge, as in bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE or mad cow disease), a neural disease which renders the brain spongy. A spongioblastoma (also called a glioblastoma) is a kind of spongy malignant tumour, usually of the brain or optic nerve. Spongin is the horny or fibrous substance found in the skeleton of many sponges. A spongolite is a rock formed almost entirely of siliceous sponge spicules.

Visit Michael Quinion’s World Wide Words site for 2000+ articles on English!

Copyright © Michael Quinion 2008–. All rights reserved. Page last updated 23 September 2008.
Your comments and suggestions on the site are very welcome.