a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek: psoriasis.
Origin of -iasis
< Greek, equivalent to -iā- v. formative + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for -iasis
n combining form
(in medicine) indicating a diseased conditionpsoriasis Compare -osis (def. 2)
Word Origin for -iasis
from New Latin, from Greek, suffix of action
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Word Origin and History for -iasis
medical Latin word-forming element meaning "process; morbid condition," from Greek -iasis, from aorist of verbs in -iao, which often express disease.
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Medicine definitions for -iasis
A pathological condition characterized or produced by:teniasis.
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