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Medical Suffixes


-ac, -iac pertaining to
-agon assemble
-al, -eal pertaining to
-algesia pain sensation
-algia pain
-amnios amnion, inner fetal sac
-an pertaining to
-ar pertaining to
-arche beginning
-ary pertaining to
-ase enzyme
-asthenia weakness, condition of strength
-blast embryonic
-capnia carbon dioxide
-carcinoma cancer of epithelial origin
-cardia condition of the heart
-cele hernia, herniation, protrusion
-centesis surgical puncture, puncture to remove or drain
-chalasia condition of relaxation
-chezia condition of stools, defecation
-clast, -clasia, -clasis intentional breakage
-coccus spherical bacterium
-crine to secrete, secreting
-cusis, -acusis hearing
-cyesis pregnancy, gestation
-cyte cell
-cytosis abnormal increase of cells
-desis binding, fusion
-dilation widening, expanding
-dipsia condition of thirst
-drome to run, running
-dynia condition of pain
-eal pertaining to
-ectasis, -ectasia stretching, dilation
-ectomy removal, excision, resection
-edema swelling
-emesis vomiting
-emia condition of blood
-esis, -sis state of
-esthesis feeling, sensation
-fida to split,splitting
-flux to flow, flowing
-fusion process of pouring
-gen producing, produced by
-gram record, recording
-graph instrument to record
-graphy process of recording
-gravida pregnancy, gestation
-ia condition
-iasis condition, process of
-ic, -iac pertaining to
-iatrist physician specialist
-iatry medical treatment
-ical pertaining to
-ictal pertaining to
-id pertaining to
-in a substance
-ine a substance
-ion, -ation, -tion, -ization process of
-ior pertaining to
-ism condition, state of
-ist one who specializes
-itis inflammation
-lapse to sag, to slide, to fall
-lepsy seizure
-listhesis slipping
-lithiasis condition of stones
-lithotomy incision for removal of a stone
-logy study of
-lysis separation, breaking down, freeing from adhesions, loosening
-malacia condition of softening
-mania condition of madness
-megaly enlargement
-meta change
-meter instrument to measure, measurement
-metry process of measurement
-mission to send, sending
-oid resembling, like
-oma mass, tumor
-omia smell
-opia vision condition
-opsia vision
-opsy view of, process of viewing
-orexia condition of appetite
-orrhexis rupture
-ose full of, pertaining to
-osis abnormal condition
-ous pertaining to
-oxia oxygen
-para delivery, parturition
-paresis slight paralysis, partial or incomplete paralysis
-parous to bear
-pathy disease process
-penia deficient, deficiency
-pepsia condition of digestion
-pexy fixation, suspension
-phagia condition of eating or swallowing
-phonia condition of sound
-phylaxis protection
-physis to grow
-plakia condition of patches
-plasm, -plasia condition of formation
-plasty surgical repair
-plegia condition of paralysis
-pnea breathing
-poiesis formation,production
-poly many
-porosis passage
-ptosis drooping, prolapse, falling
-ptysis spitting
-retro behind
-rrhage, --rrhagia bursting forth, bursting of blood
-rrhaphy surgical repair, sutures
-rrhea discharge, flow
-rrhexis rupture
-salpinx fallopian tubes, eustachian tubes
-sarcoma cancer of the connective tissue
-schisis split
-sclerosis abnormal condition of hardening
-scope instrument to view
-scopy process of viewing, to examine
-spadias to rent or tear
-spasm sudden, involuntary contraction of muscle
-stalsis contraction
-stasis stopping, controlling
-steat/o fat
-stenosis abnormal condition of narrowing, blockage
-sthenia condition of strength
-stomy new opening
-tension pressure, process of stretching
-therapy treatment
-thorax thorax, chest, pleural cavity
-thymia condition or state of the mind
-tocia condition of labor, delivery
-tom to cut
-tome instrument to cut
-tomy incision, cutting
-tresia condition of no opening
-tripsy process of crushing
-trite instrument to crush
-trophy development, process of nourishment
-tropia to turn, turning
-tropin act upon
-um, -ium, -us, -is, -il, -a structure, thing, noun endings
-uria urine
-version turning
-y condition, process of
Created by: Laura Duncan