-ic

-ic

Etymology

Low -icus, Greek <?>: cf. French -ique.
  • A suffix signifying, in general, relating to, or characteristic of; as, historic, hygienic, telegraphic, etc.
  • (Chemistry) A suffix, denoting that the element indicated enters into certain compounds with its highest valence, or with a valence relatively higher than in compounds where the name of the element ends in -ous; as, ferric, sulphuric. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to; as, hydric, sodic, calcic.