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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin.

InterfixEdit

-i-

  1. (in coining neologisms) A vowel inserted interconsonantally between morphemes of Latinate origin in order to ease pronunciation (an anaptyxis, a linking vowel).
Derived termsEdit
See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition] lists -i- as an entry.

Etymology 2Edit

The initial vowel of primate

InterfixEdit

-i-

  1. (pharmacology) a monoclonal antibody derived from a non-human primate source
Related termsEdit
  • -mab is the base suffix common to all monoclonal antibodies. (See that entry for full paradigm.)
ReferencesEdit
  • USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names, U.S. Pharmacopeia, 2000

Etymology 3Edit

From -y.

SuffixEdit

-i-

  1. Alternative form of -y (having the quality of)
Usage notesEdit

Spelling change, used when followed by another suffix such as -ness, as in messmessymessiness, or -ly as in messily.


FinnishEdit

CliticEdit

-i-

  1. Indicator of plural in nominal forms, except in nominative case, in which it is -t.
    talossa - taloissain the house - in the houses

Usage notesEdit

  • if the plural indicator is between two vowels it becomes -j-
    talon - talojenof the house - of the houses

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the reduction of several historical unstressed short stem vowels during the Old Latin period. The reduced vowel was later reinterpreted as part of various suffixes.

InterfixEdit

-i-

  1. Connecting vowel inserted between a stem and a suffix in compound words.