- Used to form adjectives from nouns, to denote:
- possession of
- presence of a quality in any degree (typically abundance of)
- relation or pertinence to
- (chemistry) Used in chemical nomenclature to name chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a lower oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ic. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3). See Inorganic nomenclature.
Note: Translations of English words ending in -ous do not necessarily end in the suffixes listed below.
suffix to form adjectives
chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a lower oxidation number
- Forms adjectives from nouns or verbs, especially if of Romance origin.
- English: -ous
- Alternative form of