from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Neutral chemical compound, especially:
  • suffix Neutral carbohydrate: inulin.
  • suffix Protein or protein derivative: albumin.
  • suffix Lipid or lipid derivative: lecithin.
  • suffix Enzyme: pancreatin.
  • suffix Glycoside: chitin.
  • suffix A pharmaceutical: rifampin.
  • suffix An antibiotic: penicillin.
  • suffix Antigen: tuberculin.
  • suffix Variant of -ine2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Alternative form of -ing.
  • suffix Used, as a modification of -ine, to form the names of a variety of types of compound; examples include proteins (globulin), carbohydrates (dextrin), dyes (alizarin) and others (vanillin).
  • suffix Used to form the present participles of verbs.
  • suffix Used to form verbal nouns from verbs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix. See the Note under -ine.


Variant of -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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