a suffix occurring in loanwords from latin:

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    plural of -ea: tracheae.

  • -ean

    an element used to form adjectives from nouns ending in -ea: crustacean. -an suffix (forming adjectives and nouns) belonging to or relating to; a person belonging to or coming from european (forming adjectives and nouns) typical of or resembling; a person typical of elizabethan (forming adjectives and nouns) adhering to or following; an adherent of […]

  • -ectasia

    -ectasia or -ectasis suff. dilation: angiectasia.

  • -ectomy

    a combining form meaning “excision” of the part specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: tonsillectomy. -ectomy combining form indicating surgical excision of a part appendectomy word origin from new latin -ectomia, from greek ek- out + -tomy -ectomy “surgical removal,” from gk. -ektomia “a cutting out of,” from ektemnein […]

  • -ed

    a suffix forming the past tense of weak verbs: he crossed the river. -ed2 a suffix forming the past participle of weak verbs (he had crossed the river), and of participial adjectives indicating a condition or quality resulting from the action of the verb (inflated balloons). origin -ed3 a suffix forming adjectives from nouns: bearded; […]

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