- International College of Surgeons.
- a suffix of nouns that denote a body of facts, knowledge, principles, etc., usually corresponding to adjectives ending in -ic or -ical: ethics; physics; politics; tactics.
Origin of -ics
Examples from the Web for ics
If "ologies" and "ics," the lore of school and market, comfort their souls—be it so.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
Aerostat′ics, that branch of physics which treats of the weight, pressure, and equilibrium of air and gases.
Athlet′ics, the art of wrestling, running, &c.: athletic sports.
Dialec′tic, Dialect′ics, art of discussing: that branch of logic which teaches the rules and modes of reasoning.
Dietet′ics, rules for regulating diet; Dietet′ist, one who lays stress on diet; Dī′etist, an authority on diet.
- Indian Civil Service
- indicating a science, art, or matters relating to a particular subjectaeronautics; politics
- indicating certain activities or practicesacrobatics
Word Origin and History for ics
in the names of sciences or disciplines (acoustics, aerobics, economics, etc.) it represents a 16c. revival of the classical custom of using the neuter plural of adjectives with -ikos (see -ic) to mean "matters relevant to" and also as the titles of treatises about them. Subject matters that acquired their names in English before c.1500, however, tend to remain in singular (e.g. arithmetic, logic).
- Science; art; study; knowledge; skill:pharmaceutics.
- Actions, activities, or practices of:macrobiotics.