aff. a suffix occurring in words that denote an inflammation or disease affecting a given part of the body (appendicitis; bronchitis; phlebitis); also forming nouns, often nonce words, that denote an obsessive state of mind or tendency facetiously compared to a disease (electionitis; telephonitis)
Etymology: < NL, L -itis < Gk, fem. of -itēs -ite

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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