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 History of this Word

"itis" is from "nostos" (disease) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
bursitis
dermatitis
phlebitis

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-itis" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates inflammation, disease or excessive interest. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-itis illustration Arthritis can be related to diet.
-itis illustration We need to encourage those suffering from "spectatoritis" to become participants.