-itis

noun suffix

Definition of -itis

plural

-itises

also

-itides

or

-ites

  1. 1 :  disease or inflammation bronchitis

  2. 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


Medical Dictionary

-itis

noun suffix -i·tis \ˈīt-əs also but not shown at individual entries ˈēt-\\ˈīt-(ˌ)ēz, ˈēt-\

Medical Definition of -itis

plural

-itises

also

-ititides

\ˈit-ə-ˌdēz\ or

-itites

  1. :  disease usually inflammatory of a (specified) part or organ :  inflammation of laryngitis appendicitis bronchitis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up -itis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a dividing ridge between drainage areas

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!