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Suffixes used in medical terminology

-ic, -ical pertaining to
-al, -eal pertaining to
-ose, -ous pertaining to
-ac, -iac pertaining to
-ar, -ary pertaining to
-tic pertaining to
-ior pertaining to
-oid resembling
-scopy process of visual examination
-opsy process of viewing
-scope instrument for visual examination
-graph instrument for recording
-graphy process of recording
-gram record
-ia condition
-osis condition, usually abnormal
-emia blood condition
-y condition or process
-um, -ium tissue or structure
-coccus, -cocci berry-shaped bacteria
-cyte cell
-genesis condition of producing, forming
-genic pertaining to producing, produced by or in
-pathy disease condition
-itis inflammation
-penia deficiency
-phobia fear
-plasia development, formation, growth
-poiesis production, formation of
-ectasia dilation, expansion of
-trophy nourishment, development
-tropic changing
-cle small
-ule small
-olus small
-ole small
-algia pain
-dynia pain
-megaly enlargement
-ema swelling
-oma tumor, mass, collection of fluid
-cele hernia
-stasis stopping, controlling, cessation of any process
-lysis breakdown, destruction, separation, decomposing
-rrhexis rupture
-malacia softening
-sclerosis hardening
-ptosis drooping, sagging, prolapse
-rrhage bursting forth
-rrhea discharge, flow
-logy study of
-er, -or one who
-ist specialist
-therapy treatment
-plasty surgical repair
-tomy incision, to cut into
-stomy opening to form a mouth
-ectomy removal, excision, resection
-centesis surgical puncture to remove fluid
-globin protein
-ion process
-sis state of
-blast embyronic, immature
-cyesis pregnancy
-drome to run
-fusion coming together, to pour
-gen producing, forming
-lapse to slide, fall, sag
-meter to measure
-mission to send
-partum birth, labor
-phoria to bear, carry; feeling
-physis to grow
-plasm development, formation
-pnea breathing
-ase enzyme
-chezia defecation, elimination of wastes
-iasis abnormal condition
-prandial meal (eg postprandial)
-ectasis, -ectasia stretching, dilatation, dilation
-emesis vomiting
-pepsia digestion
-phagia eating, swallowing
-plasty surgical repair
-ptysis spitting
-rrhage, -rrhagia bursting forth
-rrhaphy suture
-rrhea flow, discharge
-spasm sudden, involuntary contraction of muscles
-stasis to stop; control
-stenosis tightening, stricture, narrowing
-tresia opening
-sol solution
-amine nitrogen-containing compound
-phylaxis protection
-dote what is given
-somes bodies
-type picture, classification
-ase enzyme
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