Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A suffix of Greek origin in words signifying the act of making something so-and-so (equivalent to -ing, -ation, etc.), process, state, etc., as in anastomosis, orthosis, sphrigosis. In medical terms it often implies an abnormal or diseased condition, as in chlorosis, melanosis, necrosis, neurosis, stenosis, trichinosis, tuberculosis, etc.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.