1. a suffix occurring in scientific, especially medical, words from Greek: psoriasis.

Origin of -asis

<Latin <Greek -iā- verb stem + -sis-sis

Words Nearby -asis

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How to use -asis in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for -asis


suffix forming nouns
  1. a variant of -iasis

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Other 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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