meaning of -itis

-itis meaning in Etymology Dictionary

noun suffix denoting conditions described as irritation, Modern Latin, from Greek -itis, feminine of adjectival suffix -ites "pertaining to." Feminine as it was used with feminine noun nosos "disease," especially in Greek joint disease (nosos) "(disease) regarding the joints," that was among the first borrowings into English and from which the suffix had been abstracted in other uses.


-itis meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix found in health terms to denote an inflammatory infection of; as, joint disease; bronchitis, phrenitis.


-itis meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix used in health terms to denote an inflammatory condition of; as, joint disease; bronchitis, phrenitis.