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All medical terms can be broken down into word parts. The three word parts that you will be concerned with are the prefix, the stem (root), and the suffix. Usually, only two of these parts are present in a medical term. The word parts, then, of a medical term may include the _________, the stem, and the suffix.
The stem is the part of the word which gives the basic meaning to the term. The part of the word, 'basketball,' which gives the basic meaning to the word is 'ball.' Therefore, 'ball' is considered to be the ______.
The part of the word which comes before the stem and modifies or augments the meaning of the stem is called the prefix. In the word 'basketball,' 'ball' is the stem and 'basket' is the _________________.
The part of the word which comes after the stem and modifies or augments the meaning of the root word is called the suffix. In the term 'specialist,' 'special' is the stem and 'ist' is the __________.
In summary, words used in medicine are comprised of one or more parts called prefix, stem, and suffix. The part of the word which gives basic meaning to the word is the ______.
The part of the word which comes before the stem and modifies or augments the meaning of the stem is called the __________.
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