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variant of ileo- before a vowel: ileac.

Other definitions for Ile (3 of 3)


a suffix of adjectives expressing capability, susceptibility, liability, aptitude, etc.: agile; docile; ductile; fragile; prehensile; volatile.
Also -il.

Origin of -ile

From the Latin word -ilis, -īlis
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What does ile- mean?

Ile- is a combining form used like a prefix representing the word ileum, the third and lowest division of the small intestine. It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

Ile- ultimately comes from the Latin īlia, meaning “side of the body between hips and groin, guts.”

Ile- is a variant of ileo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

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Examples of ile-

A medical term that features the combining form ile- is ileectomy, the “surgical removal of the ileum.”

The first part of the word, ile-, means “ileum.” The second part of the word, -ectomy, is a combining form that means “excision.” Ileectomy literally translates to “ileum removal.”

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What are some other forms that ile- may be commonly confused with?

Also note that the combining form ile-, meaning “ileum,” is not to be confused with the common suffix -ile. The suffix -ile—as in agile, fragile, volatile, and many other words—is different from the combining form ile-. It is used in adjectives expressing capability, susceptibility, liability, aptitude, and other such qualities.

The combining form ile- is also not to be confused with ile., an abbreviation for the amino acid isoleucine.

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The combining form -itis is used to denote inflammation of an organ. What does the medical condition of ileitis involve?

How to use Ile in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Ile


suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
indicating capability, liability, or a relationship with somethingagile; fragile; juvenile

Word Origin for -ile

via French from Latin or directly from Latin -ilis
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Medical definitions for Ile


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