-itis
-itis noun suffix denoting diseases characterized by inflammation, Modern Latin, from Gk. -itis, feminine of adj. suffix -ites "pertaining to." Feminine because it was used with feminine noun nosos "disease," especially in Gk. arthritis (nosos) " (disease) of the joints," which was one of the earliest borrowings into English and from which the suffix was abstracted in other uses.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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