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- n. the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
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The suffix “osis,” on the other hand, merely denotes the presence of a condition e.g., thyrotoxicosis: the presence of a toxic condition of the thyroid gland; diverticulosis: the presence of pouches known as diverticula in the wall of the intestine … if, however, the diverticula become inflamed, we then have diverticulitis.