a suffix, of no assignable meaning, appearing in nouns
of Greek, Latin, or French origin: doctrine; famine; routine.
suffix used particularly in chemical terms (bromine; chlorine),
and especially in names of basic substances (amine; aniline; caffeine; quinine; quinoline).
a suffix of feminine nouns (heroine), given names (Clementine), and titles (landgravine).
< French < Latin -ina, orig. feminine of -inus; also representing Greek -inē, feminine noun suffix
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|—suffix forming adjectives |
|1. ||of, relating to, or belonging to: saturnine |
|2. ||consisting of or resembling: crystalline |
|[from Latin -īnus, from Greek -inos]|
|—suffix forming nouns |
|1. ||indicating a halogen: chlorine |
|2. ||indicating a nitrogenous organic compound, including amino acids, alkaloids, and certain other bases: alanine; nicotine; purine |
|3. ||Also: -in indicating a chemical substance in certain nonsystematic names: glycerine |
|4. ||indicating a mixture of hydrocarbons: benzine |
|5. ||indicating a feminine form: heroine |
|6. ||an obsolete equivalent of -yne |
|[via French from Latin -ina (from -inus) and Greek -inē]|
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or -in A chemical substance: bromine, amine, quinine.
Amino acid: glycine.
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