a suffix of nouns denoting especially:

1. persons associated with a place, tribe, leader, doctrine, system, etc., as in Campbellite, Israelite, Laborite.
2. minerals and fossils, as in ammonite, anthracite.
3. explosives, as in cordite, dynamite.
4. chemical compounds, especially salts of acids whose names end in -ous, as in phosphite, sulphites.
5. pharmaceutical and commercial products, as in vulcanite.
6. a member or component of a part of the body, as in somite.
{from (often directly) Greek -ītēs (feminine -itis), noun and adjective suffix. Compare -itis}
a suffix forming adjectives and nouns from adjectives, and some verbs, as in composite, opposite, requisite, erudite, etc.

{Latin -itus, -ītus, past participle ending}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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