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Medical Terminology Chapter 1 - Prefixes

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General Prefix
refers to size, shape, direction, location
ab-
away from
ad-
to; toward
ante-
before
astr-
star
auto-
self
brady-
slow
ect-
outside; outer
en-
within; in
endo-
within; inner
epi-
above; upon
ex-
out; outer
hemi-
half
infra-
below; inferior
inter-
between; among
intra-
within
iso-
same; equal
macro-
large
meta-
change; after; beyond
micro-
small
multi-
many
neo-
new
pan-
all
para-
near; beside
peri-
around; surrounding
poly-
many
post-
after
pre-
before; in front of
retro-
behind; backward
semi-
half
sub-
below; under
super-
above; over; excess
supra-
above; on top of
sym-
with; association
syn-
together; with; union
tachy-
fast
Negative Prefix
opposite meaning of a word
Numeric Prefix
numerical value to a word
Disease and Problem Prefix
provides information about abnormal structure or function
a; an; ana-
no; not; without
anti-
against
contra-
against; opposite
non-
not
bi-
two; double; both
centi-
hundred; hundredth
dec-
ten
milli-
one thousandth
quadr-
four
tri-
three
uni-
one
carcin-
cancerous
dys-
difficult; painful
hyper-
above; excessive
hypo-
deficient; below
mal-
bad; poor; abnormal
Prefix
a word element added to the beginning of a word root