-osis
noun suffix (plural -oses or -osises) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek -ōsis, from -ō- (stem of causative verbs in -oun) + -sis 1. a. action ; process ; condition <
hypnosis
>
b. abnormal or diseased condition <
leukosis
>
2. increase ; formation <
leukocytosis
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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