- -ine1 [ʌɪn, ɪn, i:n]suffix1》 (forming adjectives) belonging to; resembling: canine.2》 forming adjectives from the names of genera or subfamilies (such as bovine from the genus Bos).Originfrom Fr. -in, -ine, or from L. -inus.————————-ine2 [ʌɪn]suffix forming adjectives from the names of minerals, plants, etc.: crystalline.Originfrom L. -inus, from Gk -inos.————————-ine3 [ɪn, i:n]suffix forming feminine nouns such as heroine.Originfrom Fr., via L. -ina from Gk -inē, or from Ger. -in.————————-ine4 [i:n, ɪn]suffix1》 forming chiefly abstract nouns and diminutives such as doctrine, medicine.2》 Chemistry forming names of alkaloids, halogens, amino acids, and other substances: cocaine.Originfrom Fr., from the L. feminine form -ina.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.