Greek Suffixes

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-a

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-ac

  • adj.
  • pertaining to, located in

 

 

 

-ia

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-iac

  • n.
  • person afflicted with

 

 

 

-iasis

  • n.
  • disease, abnormal condition, abnormal presence of
  • often used with the name of a parasitic organism to indicate infestation of the body by that organism
  • when used with lith-: formation and/or presence of calculi in the body

 

 

 

-ic

  • adj.
  • pertaining to, located in

 

 

 

-ic

  • n.
  • person suffering from a certain disability or condition

 

 

-in, -ine

 

 

 

forms names of substances

 

 

 

-ist

  • n.
  • a person interested in

 

 

 

-itic

  • adj.
  • pertaining to, pertaining to inflammation

 

 

-itic

  • n.
  • a drug or agent

 

 

 

-itis

  • n.
  • inflammation

 

 

 

-itides

 

 

 

plural for words ending in –itis

 

 

-ium

(rarely -eum)

  • n.
  • membrance, connective tissue, a region of the body

 

 

 

-ma

  • n.
  • abnormal or diseased condition

 

 

 

-osis

  • n.
  • abnormal or diseased condition

 

 

 

-otic

  • adj.
  • pertaining to

 

 

 

-sia

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-sis

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-tic

  • adj.
  • pertaining to

 

 

 

-y

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-al

  • adj.
  • pertaining to, located in

 

 

 

-ase

 

 

forms names of enzymes

 

 

 

-asia, -asis

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-ema

  • n.
  • state, condition

 

 

 

-esis

  • n.
  • state, condition, procedure

 

 

 

-etic

  • adj.
  • pertaining to

 

 

 

-ics, -tics

  • n.
  • particular science or study: science or study of

 

 

 

-ism

  • n.
  • state, condition, quality

 

 

 

-ismus

  • n.
  • state, condition; muscular spasm

 

 

 

-iod, -ode, -id

  • n. and adj.
  • indicates particular shape, form, or resemblance: like, resembling

 

 

 

-oma

  • n.
  • usually tumor; occasionally disease

 

 

 

-ose

  • adj.
  • forms names of chemical substances
  • full of, resembling

 

 

 

-ous

  • adj.
  • characterized by, full of

 

 

 

-us

  • n.
  • condition, person (sometimes a malformed fetus)

 

 

 

-ize

 

 

to make, become, cause to be, subject to, engage in

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