From New Latin -itis, from Ancient Greek -ῖτις (-îtis, “pertaining to”). This is the feminine form of adjectival suffix -ίτης (-ítēs) because it was used with the feminine noun νόσος (nósos, “disease”), particularly with ἀρθρῖτις (νόσος) (arthrîtis (nósos), “disease of the joints”) (one of the earliest English borrowings from which the suffix was extracted and abstracted). Humorous sense by generalization.
- (pathology) Suffix denoting diseases characterized by inflammation, itself often caused by an infection.
- (humorous) Used to form the names of various fictitious afflictions or diseases.
- What to Do About Senioritis: Make Your Senior Year Count, College Board. Accessed April 4, 2008.
While most of the derived terms theoretically have plurals in -itides (from the Ancient Greek -ῑ́τῐδες (-ī́tides), plural of -ῖτῐς (-îtis)) and a few in -itises (the standardized English plural), these forms are rarely used as the derived terms describe conditions but rarely specific instances of those conditions.
- ^ -itis. Dictionary.com.
- ^ What to Do About Senioritis: Make Your Senior Year Count