a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in adjectives of greek origin (-n-lytic), used especially in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.
a suffix occurring in words of latin origin, used to form abstract nouns from verbs or stems not identical with verbs, whether as expressing action (revolution; commendation), or a state (contrition; starvation), or -ssociated meanings (relation; temptation). also, -ation, -cion, -ion, -sion, -xion. -tion suffix indicating state, condition, action, process, or result election, prohibition compare […]
a suffix originally occurring in adjectives borrowed from latin (fict-tious); on this model, used with stems of other origin (b-mptious). also, -ious, -ous.
adjective (in combination) about to be; future a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be
a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words. compare tomo-, -tomous, -tomy. -tome combining form indicating an instrument for cutting osteotome word origin from greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut -tome suff. part; area; segment: dermatome. cutting instrument: […]
a combining form meaning “cut, divided,” used in the formation of compound words: dichotomous.