Inflammation or disease of.
Excessive preoccupation with, indulgence in, reliance on, or possession of the qualities of.
Inflammatory disease or inflammation of (a specified part or organ)
Addiction to, or weariness resulting from preoccupation with.
A suffix meaning “inflammation,” as in bronchitis, inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
Origin of itis
- ModL < L < Gr -itis, orig. fem. of adjectives ending in -itēs, used to modify nosos, disease (later understood, but omitted)
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Greek -ītis from feminine of -ītēs adj. suff. (originally modifying feminine noun nosos disease)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition