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Origin: -ic + -s (translating Greek -ika (plural))

-ics

suffix
     
-ics [in nouns]
1 the scientific study or use of something:
linguistics (=the study of language)
electronics (=the study or making of electronic equipment)
2 the actions typically done by someone with particular skills:
athletics (=running, jumping, throwing, etc)
acrobatics
3 used to make nouns out of words ending in -ical or -ic:
the acoustics (=sound qualities) of the hall

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