-itis

noun suffix

Definition of -itis

plural -itises also -itides or -ites
1 : disease or inflammation
  • bronchitis
2 plural usually -itises : condition likened to a disease chiefly in nonce formations
  • televisionitis

Origin and Etymology of -itis

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


-ITIS Defined for English Language Learners

-itis

noun suffix

Definition of -itis for English Language Learners

  • medical : inflammation of something specified


-ITIS Defined for Kids

-itis

noun suffix \ ˈī-təs \

Definition of -itis for Students

: inflammation of
  • tonsillitis

Medical Dictionary

itis

noun \ ˈīt-əs \

medical Definition of itis

: a disease characterized by inflammation
  • arthritis, tendinitis and all those other itises
  • Sports Illustrated

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