American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Inflammation or disease of: laryngitis.
- n. Excessive preoccupation with, indulgence in, reliance on, or possession of the qualities of: televisionitis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A termination used in modern pathological nomenclature to signify ‘inflammation’ of the part indicated, as in bronchitis, otitis, conjunctivitis, stomatitis, enteritis, etc.
- n. pathology Suffix denoting diseases characterized by inflammation, itself often caused by an infection.
- n. humorous Used to form the names of various fictitious afflictions or diseases.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A suffix used in medical terms to denote an inflammatory disease of
- From New Latin, from Ancient Greek. Humorous sense by generalization. (Wiktionary)
- Greek -ītis, from feminine of -ītēs, adj. suff. (originally modifying feminine noun nostos, disease). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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