-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

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

cacosthenics (plural used as a singular) (noun)
A condition of weakness; lacking physical strength.
Lead balls used in knuckles of boxing gloves of fighters in the Roman circuses.
calisthenics (pl) (noun) (used as a singular or plural noun)
1. Gymnastic exercises that are designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical well-being: Sit-ups, trunk twists, and other calisthenics were parts of the group activities at the sports center.
2. The practice or art of participating in physical exercises: Calisthenics is recommended to relax the muscles before a person starts running; especially, long distance runs.
3. From Greek kalli-, "beautiful" (kallos, "beauty") plus sthenos, "strength".
Athletic or physical exercises for health.
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The fine (beautiful) or ornamental arts.
The study and science of heat.
1. The mechanics of the heart's action in pumping blood, including its movement and the forces generated by it.
2. The branch of medical science that studies the forces and motions involved in the heart’s actions.
catacoustics (s) (noun) (no pl)
The science of reflected sounds: The acoustical engineer, who was hired by the university, understood the catacoustics that were needed in the auditorium. He made the appropriate structural recommendations to cut down on the sounds that were bouncing off the walls.
catoptrics (pl) (noun) (used as a singular)
1. The study of the physics of light reflection: At the local university, there is a department devoted to catoptrics which studies optical systems that function by properties of light and vision.
2. A branch of optics involved with the formation of images by speculums or polished metals: Dr. Tweedie, the physics professor, lectured about catoptrics which involved how images are produced by curved-suface mirrors.
ceraunics (plural used as a singular) (noun)
1. An area of physics that studies heat and electricity.
2. Etymology: from Greek keraunos, "thunder and lightning".
1. A reference to modeling in wax.
2. The art of wax modeling or modelling in wax.
cheirocosmetics, chirocosmetics
1. Beautifying the hands; the art of manicure.
2. If an active ingredient is chirally correct; that is, if it has the right optical activity so as to be recognized and "fit" the chemistry of the human body, it will do the job nature designed it to do.

"Chiral incorrectness" and the use of petroleum byproducts are the two principal reasons that mainstream skin care really can't offer any hope of delivering meaningful results.

The science of optically corrected organic compounds is called chirality and the science of chirality is said to have started with Louis Pasteur, who discovered that biologically active molecules often occur in two mirror-image forms called isomers or simply, "hands".

These "hands" can be visualized as "sides" in which the only similarity is that they look the same.

Although they are stereo images of each other, the chirally correct side has a positive result but the chirally incorrect side can have negative results in cosmetic compounds.

The process of unzipping or separating these two sides is called chiral resolution, and the end result is that the chirally correct side can be isolated and used in highly beneficial ways, and the dangerous, harmful side can be discarded.

Some cosmetic companies claim to be producing cosmeceauticals that are "pharmacologically active products" which "blur the line between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals".

The biochemistry of the human body is said to have become increasingly chirally selective and chirally pure which is partially a result of environmental attack and toxin overload.

Chiral skin care is so advanced; that it effectively renders any other approach obsolete!

—Nigel Allan, Chiral Innovator
Study devoted to elucidation of correlations between the chemical constitution of various materials and their ability to modify the function and morphology of biological systems.
chemotherapy, chemotherapeutics
1. The treatment of disease, especially of parasitic infections or cancer, by means of chemical substances which act selectively on micro-organisms or malignant tissue.
2. Treatment of disease by means of chemical substances or drugs; usually used in reference to neoplastic disease (a new and abnormal formation of tissue; such as, a tumor or other growth). Also known as, pharmacotherapy.
3. The treatment of a disease with chemicals or drugs; used especially in reference to the treatment of cancer with chemicals.
1. The study of money and how to acquire it or to disperse it.
2. Relating to wealth and how it is calculated by money.
The useful arts, especially agriculture, manufacturing, and commerce.