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Module 5

Med Word Building - Word Structure - Introduction

Define: Root Word or Stem This is the main body or foundation of the word.
How many roots can a word have? Every word has at least one root, but a word can have two, three, or four.
What is a word called that has more than one root? Compound word.
Define: Combining form. A combining form is a root plus a vowel.
What vowel is used to make the combining form in a medical word? The use of the vowel that makes up the combining form depends on the vowel/consonant combination.
Why are these vowels essential? They are required between roots and other roots and suffixes to make appropriate compound words or words with suffix endings.
Give an example of root/combining form/suffix. Root Word: bronch Combining Form: broncho Suffix: -spasm
Created by: beccawa