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Suffixes - Medical

Commonly Used Suffixes in Medical Terminology (Booth, 5e; Appendix I)

SuffixMeaning
-ad to, toward
-aesthesia, -esthesia sensation
-al characterized by
-algia pain
-ase enzyme
-asthenia weakness
-cele swelling, tumor
-centesis puncture, tapping
-cidal killing
-cide causing death
-cise cut
-coele cavity
-cyst bladder, bag
-cyte cell, cellular
-dynia pain
-ectomy cutting out, surgical removal
-emesis vomiting
-emia blood
-esthesia sensation
-form shape
-fuge driving away
-gene, -genic, -genetic, -genesis, -geneous arising from, origin, formation
-gram recorded information
-graph instrument for recording
-graphy the process of recording
-ia condition
-iasis condition of
-ic, -ical pertaining to
-ism condition, process, theory
-itis inflammation of
-ium membrane
-ize to cause to be, to become, to treat by special method
-kineses, kinetic motion
-lepsis. -lepsy seizure, convulsion
-lith stone
-logy science of, study of
-lysis setting free, disintegration, decomposition
-malacia abnormal softening
-mania insanity, abnormal desire
-meter measue
-metry process of measuring
-odynia pain
-oid resembling
-ole small, little
-oma tumor
-opia vision
-opsy view
-osis disease, condition
-ostomy to make a mouth, opening
-otomy incision, surgical cutting
-ous having
-pathy disease, suffering
-penia too few, lack, decreased
-pexy surgical fixation
-phagia, -phage eating, consuming, swallowing
-phobia fear, abnormal fear
-phylaxis protection
-plasia formation or developement
-plastic molded
-plasty operation to reconstruct, surgical repair
-plegia paralysis
-pnea breathing
-rrhage, -rrhagia abnormal or excessive discharge, hemorrhage, flow
-rrhaphy suture of
-rrhea flow, discharge
-sclerosis hardening
-scope instrument used to examine
-scopy examining
-sepsis poisoning, infection
-spasm cramp or twitching
stasis stoppage
-stomy opening
-therapy treatment
-thermy heat
-tome cutting instrument
-tomy incision, section
-tripsy surgical crushing
-trophy turning, tendency
-tropy turning, tendency
-uria urine
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