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-aholic (-oholic)
one with an obsession for
workaholic,
shopaholic,
alcoholic
-algia
pain
nostalgia,
-arium (orium)
a place for
aquarium
-cide
act of killing
homicide, suicide, genocide
-cracy
rule, government, power
bureaucracy, aristocracy, theocracy
-crat
someone who has power
aristocrat, bureaucrat, technocrat
-cule
-ette
diminutive (making something small)
molecule, ridicule,
cigarette,kitchenette
-dox
belief, praise
orthodox, paradox
-ectomy
surgical removal of
appendectomy, hysterectomy
-emia
blood condition
anemia, hypoglycemia, leukemia
-esque
in the style of
Kafkaesque,
grotesque,
burlesque
-gam/gamy
marriage, union
monogam, polygamy
-gon/gonic
angle
hexagon, polygonic, pentagon
-iasis
diseased condition
elephantiasis, psoriasis
-iatric
healing practice
pediatric, psychiatric,
-itis
1. inflammation
2. preoccupation
appendicitis, tonsillitis, frontrunneritis
-let
version of
booklet, droplet, inlet
-ling
younger or inferior
duckling, underling
-log
speech
dialog, monolog,
-oid
resembling
humanoid, tabloid, hemorrhoid
-ology
study of, science of
anthropology, archaeology, biology
-oma
tumor, swelling
carcinoma, osteoma, hematoma
-onym
name, word
synonym, antonym, homonym
-opia
eye defect
myopia, nyctalopia, hyperopia
-opsy
examination
biopsy, autopsy, necropsy
-osis
process, diseased condition
diagnosis, prognosis, neurosis, psychosis
-ostomy/otomy
surgical
colostomy, lobotomy, craniotomy
-pathy
feeling, diseased
sympathy, apathy, neuropathy
-phile
one who loves
bibliophile, audiophile, pyrophile
-phone
sound
homophone, telephone, microphone
-phyte
plant, to grow
zoophyte, cryptophyte, epiphyte
-plegia
paralysis
paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia
-plegic
one who is paralyzed
paraplegic, technoplegic, quadriplegic
-pnea
air, spirit
apnea, hyperpnea, orthopnea
-scopy/scope
visual exam
arthroscopy, gastroscopy, microscope
-scribe/script
to write
transcript, describe, manuscript
-sect
to cut
dissect, insect, bisect
-sophy/sophic
wisdom, knowledge
philosophy, theosophy, anthroposophic
-tome/tomy
to cut
hysterectomy, epitome, tonsillotome
-trophy
nourishment, growth
atrophy, hypertrophy, dystrophy
-ward
specifies direction
backward, eastward, homeward
-ware
things of the same type or material
hardware, software, kitchenware
-wise
in what manner of direction
clockwise, lengthwise, otherwise

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