-osis


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-osis

 
word element [Gr.], disease, morbid state; abnormal increase.

-osis

, pl.

-oses

Nouns ending in -osis typically form adjectives ending in -otic. Thus, cyanosis-cyanotic, dyskaryosis-dyskaryotic.
Suffix meaning a process, condition, or state, usually abnormal or diseased; production or increase, physiologic or pathologic; an invasion or infestation; in the latter sense, it is similar to and often interchangeable with Greek -iasis, as seen in trichinosis, trichiniasis.
[G.]

-osis

word element [Gr.], disease; morbid state; abnormal increase.

-osis

1 suffix meaning a "(specified) action, process, or result": homeosis, narcosis, zygosis.
2 suffix meaning "increase in a pathological condition": calcicosis, psittacosis, varicosis.

-osis

, pl. -oses
Combining form meaning a process, condition, or state, usually abnormal or diseased; production of an abnormal substance, increase of a normal substance, or parasitic infestation.
[G.]

-osis

Suffix denoting a process or activity, an increase in, a disease or pathological process, or a non-inflammatory process.

-osis

suffix denoting affected with a state, condition, abnormal process, for example CIRRHOSIS.

-osis

word element. [Gr.] disease, morbid state, abnormal increase.