-itis(redirected from -ites)
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-itis(word root) inflammation
Examples of words with the root -itis: bronchitis
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1. Inflammation or disease of: laryngitis.
2. Excessive preoccupation with, indulgence in, reliance on, or possession of the qualities of: televisionitis.
[Greek -ītis, from feminine of -ītēs, adj. suff. (originally modifying feminine noun nosos, disease).]
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suffix forming nouns
1. (Medicine) indicating inflammation of a specified part: tonsillitis.
2. (Medicine) informal indicating a preoccupation with or imaginary condition of illness caused by: computeritis; telephonitis.
[New Latin, from Greek, feminine of -itēs belonging to; see -ite1]
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a suffix occurring in words that denote an inflammation or disease affecting a given part of the body (appendicitis; bronchitis; phlebitis); also forming nouns, often nonce words, that denote an obsessive state of mind or tendency facetiously compared to a disease (electionitis; telephonitis).
[< New Latin, Latin -itis < Greek, feminine of -itēs -ite1]
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A suffix meaning "inflammation," as in bronchitis, inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
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