Definitions for -ic

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  1. -ic(Suffix)

    Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";

  2. -ic(Suffix)

    Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (HSO) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (HSO).

  3. Origin: From -ique, from -icus,

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  1. -ic

    a suffix signifying, in general, relating to, or characteristic of; as, historic, hygienic, telegraphic, etc

  2. -ic

    a suffix, denoting that the element indicated enters into certain compounds with its highest valence, or with a valence relatively higher than in compounds where the name of the element ends in -ous; as, ferric, sulphuric. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to; as, hydric, sodic, calcic


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