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-itis




a suffix used in pathological terms that denote inflammation of an organ (bronchitis; gastritis; neuritis) and hence, in extended senses, nouns denoting abnormal states or conditions, excesses, tendencies, obsessions, etc. (telephonitis; baseballitis).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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