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Common prefixes

Common prefixes & their meanings

a- / an- without, not
ab- away from
ad- towards
alba- white
ambi- on both sides
ana- upward, backward, excessive, through
andr(o)- male
ankyl(o) crooked, fused, stiff
ante- before, forward
anti- against
audi- hear
auto- self
bi- two, double
bio- life
brach- short
brady(o)- slow, short, dull
carcin(o)- cancer, malignant
cata- down, lower, under, negative, against
caud- tail, inferior
cent(i)- hundred
chron(i,o,us)- long time
circum- around
contra- against, opposite
counter- against, opposite
cry(o,mo)- cold
de- undoing, down from, away from, not
dext- right
di- double, two
dia- across, through, apart
dis- separation
febr(i,o)- fever, boil
fract- break
fund- base
gen- origin, beginning, creation, production
gluc- sugar
gyn(a,e,o,eco)- female
hemi- half
heter- other, different
hol- whole, all
hom(o,eo)- same, unchanged, alike
hyg(ei,ie)- health
hyper- high, over, above normal, excessive
hypo- low, below normal
latr(o)- physician
idio- peculiar
immuno- protection
in- into, within, not
infra- beneath
inter- between
intra- within
intro- into, within
iso- equal, like, identical
juxta- adjoining, near to
kyph(o)- bend, hump
lact- milk
later(al,o)- side
leuk- white
levo- left
macro- large
mal- bad
mega- large
onc(o)- tumor, mass
ortho- straight, erect, correct
osm(o,io)- smell, odor
oxy- sharp, acute, acid
palp- touch, feel
pan- all
para- abnormal, near
path(o)- disease
pept(o)- digestion
per- by, through, thoroughly, utterly
peri- around
phag(o)- eat, consume
pharmaco- drugs, medication
physio- natural, physical
poly- many, much
post- after, behind
pre- before, in front of, prior to
pro- before, in front of
pseudo- fake, false
quadr(a,i)- four
re- again
retro- backward
schist(o)- split, divided
scler(o)- hard
semi- half, partially
sepsi- putrid, rotten
son(o)- sound
steno- contracted, narrow, small
strat(i)- layer
sub- under
super- above, over, excess
Created by: Sonhos