an adjective suffix meaning `having', `full of', `given to', `like', as in frondose, globose, jocose, otiose, verbose.

{Latin -ōsus. Compare -ous}
a word element forming a noun termination used to form chemical terms, especially names of sugars and other carbohydrates, as amylose, fructose, hexose, lactose, and (rarely) of protein derivatives, as proteose.

{abstracted from glucose}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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