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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.


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