Suffixes for medical terminology

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suffixes used in the names of specialties and practitioners suffixes meaning 'related to" or 'pertaining to" suffixes indicating condition or process suffixes indicating form, size, and formation suffixes describing diagnostic procedures suffixes indicating therapeutic procedures commonly used general suffixes

Combining form: arthr/o

Meaning: Joints
Term for specialty: Arthrology
Term for practitioner: Arthrologist

Combining form: cardi/o

Meaning: Heart
Term for specialty: Cardiology
Term for practitioner: Cardiologist

Combining form: nephr/o

Meaning: Kidney(s)
Term for specialty: Nephrology
Term for practitioner: Nephrologist

Combining form: pulmon/o

Meaning: Lung(s)
Term for specialty: Pulmonology
Term for practitioner: Pulmonologist

Combining form: neur/o

Meaning: Nerve
Term for specialty: Neurology
Term for practitioner: Neurologist

Combining form: gastr/o

Meaning: Stomach
Term for specialty: Gastroenterology
Term for practitioner: Gastroenterologist

Combining form: enter/o:

Meaning: Intestines
Term for specialty: Gastroenterology
Term for practitioner: Gastroenterologist

Combining form: immune/o

Meaning: Immune
Term for specialty: Immunology
Term for practitioner: immunologist

Combining form: dermat/o

Meaning: Skin
Term for specialty: Dermatology
Term for practitioner: Dermatologist

Combining form: oste/o

Meaning: Bones
Term for specialty: Osteology
Term for practitioner: Osteologist

Combining form: path/o

Meaning: Disease
Term for specialty: Pathology
Term for practitioner: Pathologist

-ac
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to"; suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Example: Cardiac
meaning "related to" or "pertaining to"

-Desis: what does this word mean- give example.
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Stabilization or binding
Example: Arthrodesis (fusion of a joint)
It indicates therapeutic procedures

-scopy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: The process of viewing with an instrument
Example: Colonoscopy
Describing diagnostic procedures

genesis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to"; suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Origin
Example: Lysogenesis (the formation of lysins, or antibodies that cause partial or complete dissolution of the target cell.)
Commonly used general suffixes

-ose: example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Example: Cellulose
it means "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-gram: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Record
Example: arteriogram (x-ray film o fan artery injected with a radiopaque contrast medium)
describing diagnostic procedures

-form: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: shape or resembling
Example: Vermiform (resembling a worm)
indicating form, size, and formation

-y: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: condition or process of
Example: ambulatory (able to walk)
indicating a condition pr process

-cle: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: small
Example: auricle (the external ear)
indicating form, size, and formation

-scope: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: instrument used for viewing
Example: arthroscope (a type of endoscope used to examine joints)
describing diagnostic procedures

-eum: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: tissue or structure
Example: Periosteum (thick, fibrous, vascular membrane covering the bones, except at their extremities consisting of an outer layer of collagenous tissue...)
commonly used general suffixes

-pnea: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: breathing
Example: apnea (an absence of spontaneous respiration)
commonly used general suffixes

-graphy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: process of recording
Example: amniography (a procedure used to detect placement of the placenta...)
describing diagnostic procedures

-al: give an example.
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Caudal (toward the distal end of the body or an inferior position.)
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-ar: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Vascular (pertaining to a blood vessel)
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-e (noun marker) meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Melanocyte (body cell capable of producing melanin)
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-eal: meaning? example?
lDoes this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Congeal
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-ic: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Pelvic
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-ous: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Callous
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-ry: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Secretory (release of chemical substances manufactured by cells of granular organs)
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-tic: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Arthritic
meaning: "relating to" or "pertaining to"

-emia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Anemia
meaning: Conditions of the blood
indicating a condition or process

-ia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Insomnia (chronic inability to sleep or to remain sleep through the night.)
meaning: Condition or process
indicating condition or process

-ism: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Aneurism
meaning: Condition or process
indicating condition or process

-itis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Phlebitis
meaning: Inflammation
indicating a condition or process

-lysis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Hemolysis
meaning: Breakdown or dissolution process
indicating a condition or process

-oma: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Sarcoma
meaning: Tumor or neoplasm
indicating a condition or process

-osis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

example: Keratosis
meaning: Condition
indicating a condition or process

-ole: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Small
Example: Arteriole
Indicating form, size, and formation

-ule: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Small
Example: Pustule
Indicating form, size, and formation

-ula: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Small
Example: Fistula
Indicating form, size, and formation

-megaly: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Enlargement
Example: Hepatomegaly
Indicating form, size, and formation

-penia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Abnormal reduction or lack of
Example: Cytopenia
Indicating form, size, and formation

-asis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Formation, presence of
Example: Lithiasis
Indicating form, size, and formation

-plasia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Formation
Example: Achondroplasia
Indicating form, size, and formation

-trophy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Development
Example: Dystrophy
Indicating form, size, and formation

poiesis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Formation
Example: Hematopoiesis
Indicating form, size, and formation

-graph: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Record or instrument used for making a record.
Example: electrocardiograph
Describing diagnostic procedures

-meter: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Measure or measurement
Example: Sphygmometer
Describing diagnostic procedures

-metry: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Process of measuring
Example: Spectrometry
Describing diagnostic procedures

-centesis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Puncture to withdraw fluid or tissue
Example: abdominocentesis
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-iatric: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Treatment
Example: Geriatric
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-plasty: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Repair
Example: Angioplasty
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-rraphy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Suturing
Example: Hepatorrhaphy
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-stomy or -ostomy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Creation of an artificial opening
Example: Tracheostomy
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-tomy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Cut or incision
Example: Keratotomy
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-tripsy: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Crushing
Example: Lithrotripsy
Indicating therapeutic procedures

-blast: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: Immature cell
Example: Cytoblast
Commonly used general suffixes

-ize: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: make; use; subject to
Example: anesthetize
Commonly used general suffixes

-ate: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: make; use; subject to
Example: intubate (to insert a tube into an organ or body part)
Commonly used general suffixes

-stasis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: stop, stand
Example: hemostasis (the termination of bleeding by mechanical or chemical means)
Commonly used general suffixes

-algia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: pain
Example: neuralgia (abnormal condition characterized by severe stabbing pain, caused by a variety of disorders affecting the nervous system.)
Commonly used general suffixes

-dynia:meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: pain
Example: arthrodynia
Commonly used general suffixes

-cele: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: pouch
Example: cystocele
Commonly used general suffixes

emesis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes

Meaning: vomiting
Example: hematemisis
Commonly used general suffixes

-oid: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: like, resembling
Example: ovoid (egg shaped, oval)
Commonly used general suffixes

-genic: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: origin
Example: carcinogenic (carcinogen means substance or agent that causes the development or increase the incidency of cancer.)
Commonly used general suffixes

-oma: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: tumor
Example: lymphoma
Commonly used general suffixes

-phobia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: fear
Example: photophobia (fear of light with an irrational need to avoid light places)
Commonly used general suffixes

-phile: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: affinity for
Example: halophile
Commonly used general suffixes

-malacia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: softening
Example: cardiomalacia
Commonly used general suffixes

-ptosis: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: drooping
Example: blepharoptosis (bleph has something to do with the eyelid)
Commonly used general suffixes

-spasm: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: abrupt, forceful contraction
Example: bronchiospasm
Commonly used general suffixes

-rrhage: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: bursting forth or rapid flow
Example: hemmorhage
Commonly used general suffixes

-rrhagia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: bursting forth or rapid flow
Example:menorrhagia (abnormally heavy or long menstrual periods)
Commonly used general suffixes

-rrhea: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: drainage, discharge
Example: diarrhea
Commonly used general suffixes

-phage: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: eat, swallow
Example: bacteriophage
Commonly used general suffixes

-phagia: meaning? example?
Does this suffix mean "pertaining to" or "related to";
suffix indicating condition or process; indicating form, size, and formation; describing diagnostic procedures; describing therapeutic procedures; commonly used general suffixes?

Meaning: process of eating or related to eating
Example: dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
Commonly used general suffixes

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