<suffix>

1. As an ending of participles or participial adjectives it is equivalent to -ed; as, situate or situated; animate or animated.

2. As the ending of a verb, it means to make, to cause, to act, etc.; as, to propitiate (to make propitious); to animate (to give life to).

3. As a noun suffix, it marks the agent; as, curate, delegate. It also sometimes marks the office or dignity; as, tribunate.

Origin: From the L. suffix -atus.

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<suffix>

1. <chemistry> It is used to denote the salts formed from those acids whose names end -ic (excepting binary or halogen acids); as, sulphate from sulphuric acid, nitrate from nitric acid, etc. It is also used in the case of certain basic salts.

2. A suffix used to form nouns denoting the salt of an acid with a corresponding name ending in -ic (chlorate; nitrate).

Origin: From the L. Suffix -atus.

(29 Oct 1998)

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