(Greek: a suffix; inflammation, burning sensation; by extension, disease associated with inflammation)
This suffix has come to mean "inflammation of" but originally it meant "pertaining to" or "of the". The Greek word nosos ["disease"] was either expressed or understood, although it might not be included with the basic element. For example, bursitis nosos would mean "disease of the bursa".
"Other causes of meningitis include cancer (metastasis a secondary malignant tumor that has spread from a primary cancer to affect the meninges), inflammatory diseases, and drugs. In some cases the cause of meningitis cannot be determined. The medical treatment depends on what causes the meningitis."