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pre- and -suffix

Common prefixes and suffixes used by health practitioners

a-, an- without
ab- from
ad- toward
aden- gland
alg- pain, cold
ambi- both
angio- blood vessel
ante- before
anti- against
artho- joint
auto- self
bi- two
bili- bile
bio- life
brachi- arm
brachy- short
brady- slow
bronch- bronchi or trachea
bucc- cheek
carcin- cancer
cardi- heart
cata- destruction
centi- one one-hundredth
cephal- head
chole- gallbladder
chondroe- cartilage
circum- around
contra- against
cerebro- brain
col- colon
colp- vagina
cost- rib
counter- against
crani- skull
cyst- sac, bladder
cyto- cell
de- removal from
deci- one tenth
deka, deca- ten
dent- teeth
derm- skin
di- two, twice
diplo- double
dis- apart, free of, or twice
dolor- pain
dorso- back
dys- pain
ecto- outside
en- in
encephalo- brain
endo- within
entero- intestines
epi- above, upon
eu- well
ex- out
extra- outside
febri- febrile
fibro- fibrous
gastro- stomach
gero- old age
glosso- tongue
glyco- sugar
gravi- pregnant
hemi- half
hemo- blood
hepat- liver
hetero- other
hist- tissue
homo- same
hydr- water
hyper- above
hypo- beneath
hyster- uterus
idio- self
im-, in- in, not
ileo- ileum
infra- below
intra- within
inter- between
kilo- thousand
lacrim- tears
laryngo- larynx
lipo- fat
lyso- kill
macro- large
mal- ill, bad
mast- breast
mega- large
ment- mind
mes- middle
meta- beyond, change
micro- small
milli- one one-thousandth
mono- single
myo- muscle
naso- nose
necro- dead
neo- new
nephro- kidney
oculo- eye
opthalmo- eye
oligo- lack of, few, deficiency of, scanty
ora- oral
ortho- straight
os- bone or mouth
osteo- bone
ot- ear
oophoro- ovary
pan- all
para- around, beside, beyond
path- disease
ped- child, foot
per- through
peri- around
phlebo- vein
photo- light
pleuro- pleura
pneum- air, gas, lung
poly- many
post- after
pre- before
pro- forward
procto- rectum
pseudo- false
psych- soul, mind
pyel- pelvis
pyo- pus
pyro- fire, heat
quadr- four
quint- five
rachi- spine
radio- ray
re- again
reni- kidney
retro- backward
rhin- nose
rubi- red
salpingo- tube
semi- one half
septic- putrefaction (decomposition of organic matter)
somat- body
steno- narrow
stoma- mouth, opening
sub- under, inferior
supro- above
sym-, syn- with
tachy- fast
tensio- stretch
tetra- four
thermo- heat
thoraco- chest
thrombe- clot
tox- poison
trans- across
tri- three
ultra- excess
un- not
uni- one
vas- vessel
vit- life
-aclerosis hardening
-algia pain
-ase enzyme
-asis, -osis state or condition
-asthenio weakness
-blasto bud or sprout
-cele tumor, protrusion
-centesis puncture, aspiration of
-cide killing or destruction
-clysis injection of fluid into body
-cutaneous skin
-cyte cell
-ectomy removal
-emia blood condition
-esthesia relating to sensation
-genic producing
-gram, -graph writing, picture
-iasis morbid condition
-ic pertaining to
-itis inflammation of
-lateral side
-logy science of
-lysis dissolution
-mania madness
-(o) stomy creation of a new opening
-(o) tomy cut into
-pathy disease
-penia lack of
-pexy to fix, fixation
-phagia eating condition
-phasia speech
-phobia fear condition
-plasty molding, repair
-plegia paralysis
-pnea air, breathing
-poiesis making, formation
-ptosis falling, drooping
-rhea discharge, flow
-rrhagia bleeding, profuse discharge
-rhaphy suture of
-rhythmia rhythm
-scopy inspection
-sect cutting
-stasis standing still
-stheno strength
-tomy incision
-trophy nourishment
-uria urine condition
Created by: surban