Medical terminology Prefixes & Suffixes

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Medical terminology Prefixes

a-

The prefix that means no, not, opposite

an-

The prefix that means no, not, without, opposite

ab-

The prefix that means away from

-ac; -ine

The suffix that means pertaining to

ad-

The prefix that means toward

-ad

The suffix that means toward

af-

The prefix that means white

-agogue

The suffix that means producer, leader

agora-

The prefix that means marketplace

-agra

The suffix that means excessive pain

-al; -ic; -ical

The suffix that means pertaining to

-algesia

The suffix that means sensitivity to pain

-algia

The suffix that means pain

ambi-

The prefix that means around, on both sides, about

amphi-

The prefix that means around, on both sides

-amine

The suffix that means nitrogen compound

ana-

The prefix that means up; apart; backward; again; anew

anti-

The prefix that means against

-apheresis

The suffix that means removal

apo-

The prefix that means off; away

-ar

The suffix that means pertaining to

-arche

The suffix that means beginning

-arthria

The suffix that means articulate (speak distinctly)

-artresia

The suffix that means closure, occlusion

atreto-

The prefix that means closed, lacking an opening

-ary

The suffix that means pertaining to

-ase

The suffix that means enzyme

-assay

The suffix that means to examine, analyze

-asthenia

The suffix that means lack of strength

-ation

The suffix that means process; condition

atmo-

The prefix that means steam, vapor

aut-; auto-

The prefix that means self; own

bary-

The prefix that means weight, pressure

-basia

The suffix that means walking

batho-, bathy-

The prefix that means deep, depth

bi-

The prefix that means two

bil/i

bile; gall

-blast

The suffix that means primitive cell

-boulia

The suffix that means will

brachy-

The prefix that means short

brady-

The prefix that means slow

calor/i

heat

-capnia

The suffix that means carbon dioxide

cata-

The prefix that means down

-cataphasia

The suffix that means affirmation

-cathisia, -kathisia

The suffix that means sitting

-cele

The suffix that means hernia

-centesis

The suffix that means surgical puncture to remove fluid

-chalasia; -chalasis

The suffix that means relaxation

-chezia

The suffix that means defacation; elimination of wastes

-chroia

The suffix that means skin coloration

-cide

The suffix that means killing

-cidal

The suffix that means pertaining to killing

circum-

The prefix that means around

-clasis; -clast

The suffix that means to break

-clysis

The suffix that means irrigation; washing

-coccus

berry-shaped bacterium

-coimesis

The suffix that means sleeping

coll/a

glue

-coma

The suffix that means deep sleep

con-

The prefix that means together; with

-constriction

The suffix that means narrowing

contra-

The prefix that means against; opposite

-crine

The suffix that means to secrete; separate

-crit

The suffix that means to separtate

-cusis

The suffix that means hearing

-cyesis

The suffix that means pregnancy

-cyte

The suffix that means cell

-cytosis

The suffix that means condition of cells; slight increase in numbers

de-

The prefix that means lack of; down; less; removal of

-derma

The suffix that means skin

-desis

The suffix that means to bind; tie together

dia-

The prefix that means complete; through

-dilation

The suffix that means widening; stretching; expanding

dis-

The prefix that means apart, to separate

dorsi-

back

-dote

The suffix that means to give

-drome

The suffix that means to run

-dynia

The suffix that means pain

dys-

The prefix that means bad: painful: difficult: abnormal

-eal

The suffix that means pertaining to

ec-

The prefix that means out; outside

echo-

The prefix that means reflected sound

-ectasia; -ectasis

The suffix that means dilation; dilatation; widening

ecto-

The prefix that means out; outside

-ectomy

The suffix that means removal; excision; resection

-edema

The suffix that means swelling

eight

octa-, octi-

-elasma

The suffix that means flat plate

em-

The prefix that means in

-ema; -ia

The suffix that means condition

-emesis

The suffix that means vomiting

-emia

The suffix that means blood condition

-emic

The suffix that means pertaining to blood condition

-emphraxis

The suffix that means stoppage, obstruction

en-

The prefix that means in; within

end-; endo-

The prefix that means in; within

epi-

The prefix that means above; upon; on

equi-

The prefix that means equality, equal

-er

The suffix that means one who

-esis

The suffix that means action; condition; state of

eso-

The prefix that means inward

-esthesia

The suffix that means nervous sensation

eu-

The prefix that means good; normal

-eurysm

The suffix that means widening

ex-

The prefix that means out; away from

exo-

The prefix that means out; away from

extra-

The prefix that means outside

-facient

The suffix that means to cause, make happen

febr/i

fever

-ferent

The suffix that means to carry

-fication

The suffix that means process of making

-fida

The suffix that means split

five

pent-, penta-, quinque-

fore-

The prefix that means before, in front

-form

The suffix that means resembling; in the shape of

four

quadri, tetra-

fung/i

fungus; mushroom (organism lacking chlorophyll)

-fusion

The suffix that means to pour; to come together

-gen

The suffix that means substance that produces

-genesis

The suffix that means producing; forming

-genic

The suffix that means produced by or in

-globin; -globulin

The suffix that means protein

-grade

The suffix that means to go

-gram

The suffix that means record

-graph

The suffix that means instrument for recording

-graphy

The suffix that means process of recording

-gravida

The suffix that means pregnant woman

half

demi, hemi, semi

-helminth

The suffix that means worm

heredo-

The prefix that means heredity

-hexia

The suffix that means habit

hirund/i

leech

hyper-

The prefix that means above; excessive

hypo-

The prefix that means deficient; below; under; less than normal

hypsi-

The prefix that means high

-iasis

The suffix that means abnormal condition

-ician

The suffix that means specialist

-icle

The suffix that means small

in-

The prefix that means in; into; not

-in; -ine

The suffix that means a substance

infra-

The prefix that means below; inferior to; beneath

inter-

The prefix that means between

intra-

The prefix that means within; into

-ion

The suffix that means process

-ior

The suffix that means pertaining to

ipsi-

The prefix that means same

ir-

The prefix that means in

-ism

The suffix that means process; condition

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