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Suffixes used in Essentials of Medical Terminology 3rd Edition by Juanita J. Davies

algia;
dynia

Pain (Disease)

cele

Hernia (Disease)

emesis

Vomiting (Disease)

ia ism sis

State of; condition (General)

itis

Inflammation (the redness, swelling, heat, and pain that occur when the body protects itself from injury) (Disease)

lysis

Destruction; separation; breakdown (Disease)

malacia

Softening (Disease)

megaly

Enlargement (Disease)

oma

Tumor; mass (Disease)

osis

Abnormal condition (General)

pathy

Disease process (Disease)

penia

Decrease, deficiency (Disease)

phobia

Irrational fear (Disease)

ptosis

Downward displacement; drooping; prolapse; sagging (Disease)

ptysis

Spitting (Disease)

rrhage
rrhagia

Bursting forth (Disease)

rrhea

Flow; discharge (Disease)

rrhexis

Rupture (Disease)

sclerosis

Hardening (Disease)

spasm

Sudden, involuntary contraction (Disease)

stenosis

Narrowing; stricture (Disease)

y
ion

Process (Disease)

gram

Record; writing (Diagnostic)

graph

Instrument used to record (Diagnostic)

graphy

Process of recording; producing images (Diagnostic)

tom/o

Root word which means "to cut" (Diagnostic)

meter

Instrument used to measure; process of measuring (Diagnostic)

metry

To measure; measurement (Diagnostic)

opsy

To view (Diagnostic)

scope

Instrument used to visually examine (a body cavity or organ) (Diagnostic)

scopy

Process of visually examining (a body cavity or organ) (Diagnostic)

centesis

Surgical puncture to remove fluid (Surgical Procedures)

desis

Surgical binding; surgical fusion (Surgical Procedures)

ectomy

Excision; surgical removal (Surgical Procedures)

pexy

Surgical fixation (Surgical Procedures)

plasty

Surgical reconstruction; surgical repair (Surgical Procedures)

rrhaphy

Suture; sew (Surgical Procedures)

stasis

Stoppage; stopping; controlling (Surgical Procedures)

stomy

New opening; artificial opening (Surgical Procedures)

tome

Instrument used to cut (Surgical Procedures)

tomy

Process of cutting; incision (Surgical Procedures)

cyte

Cell (General)

er;
ician;
logist;
ist

Specialist; one who specializes; specialist in the study of (Specialties)

logy

Study of; process of study (Specialties)

or

One who; person or thing that does something (General)

plasia

Formation; development (General)

poiesis

Production; manufacture; formation (General)

genic

Produced by; producing (Adjectival)

oid

Resembling (Adjectival)

ole
ule

Small (Adjectival)

ac;
al;
ary;
eal;
ic;
ous

Pertaining to (General)

emia

Blood condition (Disease)

dilation

Widening (Disease)

lith

Stone (Disease)

plegia

Paralysis (Disease)

trophy

Development; nourishment (Disease)

tripsy

Crushing (Surgical Procedures)

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