English uses the suffix -genic to mean "generating / generated by / producing":

  • anxiogenic (anxiety-producing)
  • iatrogenic (caused by the healer / doctor)
  • neurogenic (produced by the nervous system)

What would the opposite suffix be? Something that means, approximately "the presence of this inhibits" or "exclusive from".

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    Probably -lytic:of, relating to, or causing 'lysis': the gradual subsiding of the symptoms of an acute disease. Anxiolytic, neurolytic. – user66974 Feb 18 '15 at 15:40
  • I understand a something-inhibitor, but what do you mean by "exclusive from"? Free of? – TRomano Feb 18 '15 at 16:11
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    The opposite of is not really very well defined, and -genic is way too complex a concept to have any "opposite". Opposites are for simple concepts arrayed in one dimension, like hot/cold, warm/cool, high/low. Add more abstractions, plus time development and causation, and you don't have opposition any more -- you have a non-commutative matrix with seventeen dimensions of variance. – John Lawler Feb 18 '15 at 16:58
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    "Stat" - Suffix meaning (among other things) an "agent for stopping the growth of": bacteriostat, mycostat, fungistat. - Mosby's Medical Dictionary – Oldbag Feb 18 '15 at 19:54

Came here to provide the same answer as the one Josh61 put in his comment.

The answer is most certainly '-lytic'



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