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Suffixes for medical terminology

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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