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psychosis

psy·cho·sis

psychosis

 
 
pronunciation:
saI ko sihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: psychoses
definition: serious mental disorder that affects all aspects of the personality and involves withdrawal from reality.
She suffered from a psychosis that caused her to experience hallucinations and exhibit strange behavior.
derivations: psychotic (adj.), psychotic (n.)
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The word psychosis contains the following parts:
-osis Greek noun-forming suffix that means condition (usually medical)
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The suffix -osis attaches to Greek roots. Many nouns ending in "-osis " have a corresponding adjective form ending in -otic (neurosis : neurotic).
-otic Greek adjective-forming suffix that means having or related to (a condition or state)
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The suffix -otic attaches to Greek roots to form adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in "-osis."