Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Dermatitis

According to the Merriam - Webster Dictionary dermatitis is "inflammation of the skin", for example, in this hand dermatitis.

Dermatitis derives from Greek derma "skin" + -itis "inflamation".
With the root derma- we have words such us echinoderm, hypodermic or pachyderm.

With the suffix -itis we have words such us gastritis, bronchitis or encephalitis.


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