plural -itises also -itides or -ites

Definition of -itis

1 : disease or inflammation bronchitis
2 plural usually -itises : condition likened to a disease chiefly in nonce formationstelevisionitis

History and Etymology for -itis

New Latin, from Latin & Greek; Latin, from Greek, from feminine of -itēs -ite

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“-itis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-itis. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of -itis

medical : inflammation of something specified
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Kids Definition of -itis

: inflammation of tonsillitis

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Medical Definition of itis

: a disease characterized by inflammation arthritis, tendinitis and all those other itisesSports Illustrated

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