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Definition: G. adjectival suffix attached to noun stems, corresponding to L. -alis or -inus or to Eng. -y or -like. An adjective formed with this suffix sometimes stands alone, representing a phrase from which a noun has been dropped, tympanites for tympanites hydrops, drumlike swelling of the abdomen.

[G. ites,]

See Also: -ite, -itis

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