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Surgery Terms

Common Prefixes, suffixes and combining forms Stedmans Skill Builders

ankyl/o bent, crooked, stiff, fused, fixed, closed
auto-, aut- self, same
bio life
-centesis puncture; surgical puncture to remove fluid
circum- around, circular, circular movement
-clasia, -clasis, -clast break, breaking
cry-, cry/o cold
-desis binding, stabilizing, fixation of a bone or join to, tie together; to bind, tie together
-ec out, away, outside
-ectomy removal of an anatomic structure, literally "to cut out"; excision, resection
electr/o electric, electricity
-esthesia, esthes/o, esthesi/o perception, feeling, sensitivity
herni/o hernia, rupture, protrusion of a part of a structure through the tissues containing it
lith-, lith/o stone, calculus, calcification
-lysis dissolution (loosening)
mes, mes/o middle, mean, intermediacy
-opsy;-opia; -opsia vision, view of(Stedman's has excision or removal of)
-ostomy artificial, nonphysiologic, or surgical opening; literally to "cut a new mouth"
-otomy a cutting operation; literally "to cut into"
-pexy fixation, usually surgical; to put in place
-plasty surgical procedure for repair of a defect or restoration of form and/or function of a part
-rrhaphy surgical suturing
-rrhexis rupture
-scope instrument for viewing, but meaning expanded to include other methods of examination
-scopy action or activity that uses an instrument for viewing
-stasis stop, stand, control; place
-stomy artificial or surgical opening to form a mouth
sub- beneath, below, less than normal or typical, inferior (i.e. worse)
sym-, syn- together, with, joined
tom tom/o to cut
-tome a cutting instrument
-tomy process of cutting, incision, a cutting operation
trans- across, through, beyond
-tripsy to crush, rubbing, crushing
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