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1st basic rule for combining vowel

when u join R 2 R or R 2 S keep the vowel if the S or R begins w/consonant

2nd basic rule of combining vowels

do not use combining vowel if the suffix begins with a another vowel

3rd basic rule of combining vowels

if the R ends in a vowel & the S begins w/same vowel drop the CV & the last vowel of R

4th basic rule of combining vowels

Most often, insert CV btwn 2 roots even whn the 2nd root begins with vowel

5th basic rule of combining vowels

Occassionally, when a P ends with a vowel & R begins with vowel, Drop the V on the prefix

Combining Vowel

the vowel that joins together a Root 2 Suffix or Roots 2 Suffix

How to Define a medical term

by first defining the suffix, then the root and


used to further modify the roots or roots


the word ending that modifies and give essential meaning to the root

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