-ics [iks]
[-IC + -S (pl.): used as transl. of Gr -ika (L -ica), neut. pl. of -ikos (L -icus)] suffix forming nouns
1. [usually with sing. v.] art, science, study [mathematics]
2. [usually with sing. v.] system [hydroponics]
3. [usually with pl. v.] activities, practices [politics]
4. [usually with pl. v.] qualities, properties [atmospherics]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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