a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), used especially in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.

Nearby words

  1. -there,
  2. -therm,
  3. -thermy,
  4. -thon,
  5. -thymia,
  6. -tion,
  7. -tious,
  8. -to-be,
  9. -tome,
  10. -tomous

Origin of -tic

< Greek -tikos, extracted from adjectives derived with -ikos -ic from agent nouns ending in -tēs; cf. hieratic

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