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The suffix is always at the end of the word and usually indicates a procedure, a condition, or a disease. The suffix tells us what is happening with a specific body part or system--usually what is wrong with the body or which procedure is being used to diagnose or fix it.


The suffix -itis simply indicates an inflammation of some kind. The -itis is quite popular in medical terminology because it can be applied to just about any body part within any body system.

Tosilitis (-itis)

Inflammation of the tonsils

Bronchitis (-itis)

Inflammation of the bronchus

Arthritis (-itis)

Inflammation of a joint


Tumor or growth

Carcinoma (-oma)

Malignant (cancerous) tumor or growth

Leiomyoma (-oma)

Benign (non-cancerous) tumor derived from smooth muscle. Commonly called a fibroid or fibroid tumor.

Melanoma (-oma)

Tumor of the melanocytic (melanocytes in the skin) system of the skin, a highly malignant and quickly metastasizing (spreading) tumor


a disease process

Cardiomyopathy (-pathy)

Disease process involving the muscles of the heart

Cardiopathy (-pathy)

Disease process involving the heart

Neuropathy (-pathy)

Disease process involving the nervous system

Osteopathy (-pathy)

Disease process involving bone

-ac, -ic, -al, -ous, -tic

Related to or pertaining to

-algia, -dynia

Pain, discomfort

-ate, -ize

Subject to, use


Protrusion (hernia)


Surgical puncture to withdraw or aspirate fluid

-cle, -cule, -ule, -ulus





Surgical fusion or binding




Cutting out, surgical removal




Pertaining to blood, a blood condition

-ent, -er, -ist

Person, agent

-esis, ia, iasis, ity, -osis, -sis, -tion, -y

state of, or condition of

-form, -oid

Looking like, resembling, or shaped like


A beginning process, origin of


Produced by


A written record


Instrument used to record


Process of recording


Condition or theory


Destruction, breakdown, or separation






Instrument used to measure


Process of measuring


One who studies, a specialist


Study of, process of study


To view


Process of incision or cutting into

-ostomy, -stomy

Aritificial surgical opening


Lack of or deficiency

-pexy, -pexis

Surgical fixation




Morbid fear of or intolerance


Formation, development


Surgical reconstruction, or shaping of






Production or manufacture of


Downward displacement, or drooping

-rrhage, -rrhagia

Excessive flaw or discharge


Suturing in place, fixation


Rupture or breaking away




Instrument used to visually examine


Process of visual examination


Sudden or involuntary





-trophic, -trophy

Growth or development

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