from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- A suffix signifying, in general,
relating to, or characteristic of
- (Chem.) A suffix, denoting that the element indicated enters into certain compounds with its
highest valence, or with a valence relatively higher than in compounds where the name of the element ends in - ous. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to.
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- suffix Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";
- suffix chemistry Used to denote certain
chemical compoundsin which a specified chemical elementhas a higher oxidation numberthan in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid( H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid(H2SO3).
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The name tags had been specially prepared: a blank space for your name on the first line, the printed words A Person With on the second, and on the bottom line you were supposed to print the name of your phobia, using the -ia suffix, not the -ic.