<suffix>

1. A suffix used to form adjectives (Arabic; classic; public) and nouns (critic; epic; mechanic; music).

2. Denoting a particular form or instance of a noun in -ics (aesthetic; tactic).

Origin: from or suggested by French -ique, Latin -icus, or Greek -ikos.

(06 Feb 2009)

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<suffix>

1. A combining form or suffix that means relating to, or characteristic of; as, historic, hygienic, telegraphic, etc.

2. <chemistry> A suffix, denoting that the element indicated enters into certain compounds with its highest valence, or with a valence relatively higher than in compounds where the name of the element ends in -ous; as, ferric, sulphuric. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to; as, hydric, sodic, calcic.

Compare: -ous.

Origin: L. -icus, Gr., cf. F. -ique.

(29 Oct 1998)

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