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-rrhaphyThe diagraph rh occurring at the beginning of a syllable in a word of Greek origin is ordinarily changed to rrh when a prefix or other lexical element is placed before it, as in this terminal form, from rhaphē.
[G. rhaphē, suture]
suffix meaning "suturing in place": colporrhaphy, gastrorrhaphy.
suffix meaning a "suturing in place": cysticorrhaphy, meningeorrhaphy, osteorrhaphy.
word element. [Gr.] seam, suture; surgical repair of.