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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.


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.

Derived termsEdit

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