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-ine is a Latin suffix used to denote a similarities or equivalence to something else. Examples include bovine (relating to cows) and marine (relating to the sea).

In chemistry

-ine is a suffix used in chemistry to denote two kinds of substance.

The first is a chemically basic and alkaloidal substance. Examples include quinine, morphine and guanidine.

The second usage is to denote a hydrocarbon of the second degree of unsaturation. Examples include hexine and heptine.

Many commercial and popular names also use this suffix; gasoline and vaseline for example.


  • Online Medical Dictionary
  • "Words Showing Similarities or Equivalence to Something Else" at
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