-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

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

alphanumerics (pl) (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
Sets that include letters, digits, and punctuation marks: Alphanumerics utilize alphabetic characters (A-Z, a-z); numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 0); diacritical signs (! , : ; " ?); and other symbols (±, @, #, $, %, &, *, +, ?, ~, /, \).
A process by means of which high temperatures are produced by the combination of aluminium and oxygen.
ambisonic (s) (noun), ambisonics (pl)
A recording and reproduction system that uses separate channels and speakers to create the effect of being surrounded by sounds: Ambisonics is a technique or set-up that uses full-scale sounds which are heard all around those who are listening to them.
1. Medical management, or treatment, of reduced vision.
2. Treatment of amblyopia.
analgesic (s) (noun), analgesics (pl)
1. Compounds capable of relieving pain without the loss of consciousness or without producing anesthesia: Dr. Lawson injected Randal with a powerful analgesic so she could drill the decayed tooth without causing him any pain.
2. Those drugs that primarily relieve pain without blocking nerve-impulse conduction or markedly altering sensory functions: The new analgesic which Dr. Jones used was exceptional in terms of relieving or reducing Desiree's severe pain.
analytics (plural form used as a singular) (noun)
A branch of logic involved with the analysis of propositions including the studying or examination of something by separating it into its constituent parts and giving an assessment, description, or explanation of it.
andriatry, andriatrics
1. Medical science relating to the treatment of diseases of male genital organs and of men in general.
2. The branch of medicine dealing with diseases of men; such as, those of the male genitalia.
anemoclastic (adjective), more anemoclastic, most anemoclastic
Referring to rocks that have been broken and rounded by wind erosion and wind action: Anemoclatic particles of rocks or single crystals have been created from wind, weathering, and erosion.
1. The idiopathic clinical changes (disease having no known cause) produced by focal damage to elastin fibers which results in looseness of he skin.

Elastin fibers refers to a protein which forms the principal substance of yellow elastic tissue fibers which is a type of connective tissue containing elastic fibers found in ligaments of the spinal column, in the cartilage of the external ear, and in the walls of some large blood vessels.

2. Etymology: from Greek anetos, "relaxed" + derma, "skin".
animatronics (an" uh muh TRAHN iks) (pl) (noun) (a plural used as a singular)
The use of computer technology and a form of radio control to give life to puppets or other non-living, lifeless, or inanimate forms: One application of animatronics is to operate robots; especially, for use in films or other kinds of entertainment.

Jackie was fascinated by animatronics when she visited the film museum where there was a live presentation which showed the visitors how it worked to vitalize wooden figures on the stage.

The term animatronics is a blend of the words "animated" and "electronics".

anorectic (s), anorectics (pl)
1. Relating to a pathological loss of appetite.
2. Marked by loss of appetite.
3. Suppressing or causing loss of appetite.
4. An anorectic drug or medicine that suppresses the appetite.
5. Of or affected with anorexia nervosa.
6. A person who is affected with anorexia nervosa.
anosmic (s) (noun), anosmics (pl)
A person who has lost the ability to smell.
anthropokinetics (pl) (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
The study of the total human being in action, with integrated applications from the special fields of the biological and physical sciences, psychology, and sociology.
anthropological linguistics (s) (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
A major branch of mankind in which language is studied in a sociocultural context with an emphasis on how language reflects the thought processes of particular cultures.
anthroponomy (s) (noun), anthroponomies (pl)
1. The science of the laws of the development of the human organism, or species, in relation to other organisms and to their environments.
2. The science of human behavior.