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Combining Forms

Respiratory Terms Combining forms

Combining Formworddefinition
adenoid/o adenoids lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal cavity
alveol/o alveolus air sacs at the end of the bronchioles
bronch/i, bronch/o bronchus one of two branches from the trachea, which conducts air into the lungs
bronchioles bronchioles smallest subdivision of the bronchial tree
diaphragmat/o diaphragm muscular partition that separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity
epiglott/o epiglottis flap of cartilage that automatically covers the opening of the larynx during swallowing and keeps food from entering
laryng/o larynx location of the vocal cords
lob/o lobe the right lung consists of 3 lobes, the left lung consists of 2 lobes
nas/o, rhin/o nose lined with mucous membrane and fine hairs. It acts as a filter to moisten and warm the entering air
pharyng/o pharynx (throat) serves as a food and air passageway
pleur/o pleura serous membrane covering each lung and lineing the thoracic cavity
pneum/o, pheumat/o, pheumon/o lung, air refeering to a diagnosis
pulmon/o lungs two sponge-like organs in the thoracic cavity
sept/o septum (walled off, fenced) nasal septum - partition separating the right and left nasal cavities
sinus/o sinus paranasal sinuses - air vacities with the cranial bones that open into the nasal cavities
thorac/o thorax (chest) also refeering to the pleural space
tonsill/o tonsil, tonsils lymphoid tissue located behind the mouth
trache/o trachea (windpipe) passageway for air to the bronchi
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