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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

what do words ending in "-itis" refer to? also "-ism"?

for example, arthritis, phlebitis

rheumatism,

etc

Update:

yes, i'm speaking of only medical terms here but it's also interesting to know in general

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Word Unit: -itis (Greek: a suffix; inflammation, burning sensation; by extension, disease associated with inflammation).

    http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/list/I/5

    Word Unit: -ism, -ismus (Greek: a suffix; belief in, practice of, condition of).

    http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/list/I/5

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Words Ending In Itis

  • brade
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Itis Words

  • B K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    In medical terms, an "-itis" refers to an inflammation (eg. Appendicitis)

    An "-ism" is a process, or state of being (eg. Alcoholism)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "-itis" refers to an infammation. For example, tonsilitis is an inflammation of the tonsils.

    "-ism" could have one of several meanings. In your example, rheumatism, the suffix refers to a disorder (e.g. autism). However, the suffix "-ism" could also refer to a movement/ideal (e.g. feminism, Nazism), or a form of prejudice (e.g. sexism). Note that these are only two possible meanings. It would be wise to consult a dictionary for a more comprehensive list.

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    6 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    itis refers to some sort of inflammation

    like arthritis, and laringitis (can't spell, sorry)

    i think ism makes the word a noun

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