1. Inflammation or disease of: laryngitis.
2. Excessive preoccupation with, indulgence in, reliance on, or possession of the qualities of: televisionitis.
[Greek -ītis, from feminine of -ītēs, adj. suff. (originally modifying feminine noun nosos, disease).]
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