from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Inflammation or disease of: laryngitis.
- suffix Excessive preoccupation with, indulgence in, reliance on, or possession of the qualities of: televisionitis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Suffix denoting diseases characterized by inflammation, itself often caused by an infection.
- suffix Used to form the names of various fictitious afflictions or diseases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A suffix used in medical terms to denote an inflammatory disease of
from The 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.
Greek -ītis, from feminine of -ītēs, adj. suff. (originally modifying feminine noun nostos, disease).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek. Humorous sense by generalization. (Wiktionary)