-ics
noun plural suffix but singular or plural in construction Etymology: 1-ic + 1-s; translation of Greek -ika, from neuter plural of -ikos -ic 1. study ; knowledge ; skill ; practice <
linguistics
>
<
electronics
>
2. characteristic actions or activities <
acrobatics
>
3. characteristic qualities, operations, or phenomena <
mechanics
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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