a suffix occurring in scientific, especially medical, words from Greek: psoriasis.
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Origin of -asis
<Latin <Greek -iā- verb stem + -sis-sis
Words nearby -asis
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British Dictionary definitions for -asis
suffix forming nouns
a variant of -iasis
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Idioms and Phrases with -asis
Just the way it is, with no changes. For example, We saved a few dollars by buying the floor sample on an as is basis. This expression is used of goods to be sold that may be slightly worn, damaged, or otherwise less than perfect.
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