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The suffix ikum

The suffix ikum forms neuter nouns that have plural forms (if any) in ika. It is used with different meanings, for example, to form names of geological and historical eras, or names of drugs in medicine.

Derivation types: Adjective to noun
Neoclassical formative to noun

Adjective to noun

The suffix ikum forms nouns from adjectives ending in isch. The ending isch is deleted:

antibiotisch + ikum = Antibiotikum
charakteristisch Charakteristikum
neolithisch Neolithikum
toxisch Toxikum
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Neoclassical formative to noun

lith + ikum = Lithikum
phys Physikum
techn Technikum
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