a suffix occurring in nouns that denote actions, conditions, or states (hypnosis; leukocytosis; osmosis), especially disorders or abnormal states (chlorosis; neurofibromatosis; tuberculosis).
Origin of -osis
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suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -osis
from Greek, suffix used to form nouns from verbs with infinitives in -oein or -oun
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word-forming element expressing state or condition, in medical terminology denoting "a state of disease," from Latin -osis and directly from Greek -osis, formed from the aorist of verbs ending in -o. It corresponds to Latin -atio.
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Condition; process; action:osmosis.
Diseased or abnormal condition:proptosis.
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A suffix that means:
Diseased condition, as in tuberculosis.
Condition or process, as in osmosis.
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