-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

(Greek: a suffix that forms nouns and is usually used to form names of arts and sciences)

aeronautics (pl) (noun) (a plural functioning as a singular)
1. The design, operation, and construction of aircraft.
2. The theory and practice of aircraft navigation.
3. The science or art of flight through the atmosphere.
The physics of the atmosphere; specifically, the branch of physics concerned with the movement of solid bodies, as guided missiles, space vehicles, etc., through the air.
A technique for growing (cultivating) plants without them being in soil or in hydroponic (water) media. The plants are held above a system that constantly, or intermittently, mists the roots with nutrient-laden water. Also called aeroculture.
aerostatics (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. The study of gases that deals with the balance of air or other gases, and with the equilibrium of solid bodies: Arthur decided to study aerostatics because he was very interested in the principle of floatation in air.
2. The science of aircraft that are lighter than air: Greg thinks that aerostatics seem to be a fascinating branch of research dealing with dirigibles and balloons, both of which are buoyant, and float or drift in the atmosphere.
aerotherapy, aerotherapeutics
Treatment of disease by fresh air, by air of different degrees of pressure or rarity, or by air medicated in various ways.
1. Pertaining to the thermodynamic effects of air and other gases.
2. The branch of dynamics dealing with the study of the relationship between heat and mechnical energy in air and other gases.
3. The study of the relationship of heat and mechanical energy in gases, especially air.
aesthetics, esthetics (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
1. The study, or philosophy, of beauty: Shannon enrolled in the university program for aesthetics, planning to become an art critic.
2. The study of what is considered beautiful, harmonious, and cultured: Nathaniel, the theater critic, commented on the aesthetics of the play, noting the balance and harmonious nature of the characters.
3. The way something looks; especially, when considered in terms of how pleasing it is: The towers of the town had an aesthetics about them that was charming and pleasing.
4. A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility: Because Jason aspired to be an artist, he enrolled in a course on esthetics to enhance his knowledge and understanding of beauty.
The use of agogic accents or accenting a musical note by slightly dwelling on it.
1. The science of athletic combats or contests in public games.
2. The art of combat or competitions in atheletic games.
agricultural energetics
1. The various forms of energy involved in the process of agriculture, either as inputs (for example, human labor, animal power, electricity, etc.) or as useful output (such as, food, manure, etc.).
2. Specifically, the relationship between energy in the form of food produced and the energy input required to achieve this production.
agricultural mechanics
Using principles of mechanics for agricultural purposes; such as, in the development of equipment including automated feed mixers and other machines.
Biotechnical research in plant breeding; the attempt to control plant evolution by genetic manipulation and gene splicing to provide desirable new varieties; such as, a (still experimental) strain of wheat with the soybean's capability of fertilizing its roots with airborne nitrogen.

Agrigeneticists have produced such new agricultural items as a redder, less watery commercial tomato and disease-resistant sugar cane.

The science of the distribution and management of land.
allelochemics, allelochemic
1. Chemical interactions between species, involving release of active chemical substances; such as, scents, pheromones, and toxins.
2. A secondary substance produced by an organism that has the effect of modifying the growth, behavior or population dynamics of other species, often having an inhibitory or regulatory effect.
allesthetics, allaesthetics (noun) (plural form used as a singular)
Physical conditions whereby there are disorders of sensations in which stimuli are perceived as at points on the body that are in fact completely away from the points being stimulated: Mark decided to specialize in the neuroscience area of allesthetics, hoping to work with victims who are not able to determine where feelings of touches are actually located.