Words nearby -genous
WORDS THAT USE -GENOUS
What does -genous mean?
The form –genous comes a combination of two combining forms, –gen and –ous. The form –gen means “that which produces,” from Greek –genēs, meaning “born” or “produced.” The form –ous is a suffix used to form adjectives, from Latin –ōsus. The Latin translation and cognate of –genēs is nātus, meaning “born,” which is the source of natal, native, and nature. Find out how these terms derive from nātus at our entry for each word.
What are variants of –genous?
While the form –genous doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the combining form –geny, as in heterogeny. The form –genous is also closely related to the combining forms –gen, –genesis, –genetic, and –genic, as in pathogen, carcinogenesis, autogenetic, and carcinogenic. Read our Words That Use articles for –gen, –genic, –geny, –genesis, and –genetic.
Examples of -genous
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –genous is erogenous, “especially sensitive to sexual stimulation, as certain areas of the body.”
The ero– part of the word here represents eros, meaning “physical love; sexual desire,” from Greek érōs, which was also the name of the Greek god of love. As we know, –genous means “of or related to that which produces.” Erogenous literally means “of or related to that which produces physical love (sexual desire).”
What are some words that use the combining form –genous?
- autogenous (using the equivalent form of –genous in Greek)
What are some other forms that –genous may be commonly confused with?