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plural ICs. immediate constituent.
Electronics. integrated circuit.
intensive care.

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Definition for ic (2 of 3)

I.C.


Jesus Christ.

Origin of I.C.

< Latin I(ēsus) C(hrīstus)

Definition for ic (3 of 3)

-ic


a suffix forming adjectives from other parts of speech, occurring originally in Greek and Latin loanwords (metallic; poetic; archaic; public) and, on this model, used as an adjective-forming suffix with the particular senses “having some characteristics of” (opposed to the simple attributive use of the base noun) (balletic; sophomoric); “in the style of” (Byronic; Miltonic); “pertaining to a family of peoples or languages” (Finnic; Semitic; Turkic).
Chemistry. a suffix, specialized in opposition to -ous, used to show the higher of two valences: ferric chloride.
a noun suffix occurring chiefly in loanwords from Greek, where such words were originally adjectival (critic; magic; music).

Origin of -ic

Middle English -ic, -ik < Latin -icus; in many words representing the cognate Greek -ikos (directly or through L); in some words replacing -ique < French < Latin -icus
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British Dictionary definitions for ic (1 of 2)

IC


abbreviation for

internal-combustion
electronics integrated circuit
text messaging I see
(in transformational grammar) immediate constituent
astrology Imum Coeli: the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Midheaven

British Dictionary definitions for ic (2 of 2)

-ic


suffix forming adjectives

of, relating to, or resemblingallergic; Germanic; periodic See also -ical
(in chemistry) indicating that an element is chemically combined in the higher of two possible valence statesferric; stannic Compare -ous (def. 2)

Word Origin for -ic

from Latin -icus or Greek -ikos; -ic also occurs in nouns that represent a substantive use of adjectives (magic) and in nouns borrowed directly from Latin or Greek (critic, music)
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Word Origin and History for ic

-ic


adjective suffix, "having to do with, having the nature of, being, made of, caused by, similar to" (in chemistry, indicating a higher valence than names in -ous), from French -ique and directly from Latin -icus, which in many cases represents Greek -ikos "in the manner of; pertaining to." From PIE *-(i)ko, which also yielded Slavic -isku, adjectival suffix indicating origin, the source of the -sky (Russian -skii) in many surnames.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ic

-ic


suff.

Of, relating to, or characterized by:carbonic.
Having a valence higher than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ous:ferric.
Of or relating to an acid:sulfuric acid.
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