a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek: psoriasis.

Nearby words

Compare -asis.

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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Medicine definitions for -iasis



A pathological condition characterized or produced by:teniasis.
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