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01 Med Term Prefixes

01 Prefixes for Medical Terminology

prefixmeaning
a-, an- without, lacking, deficient, not
ab- away from
ad-, af- toward, to, near
ambi-, ampho-, amphi- both, double
ana- up, toward, apart
andro- man
ante- before, in front of, forward
anti-, ant- against, opposing, preventing
ap-, apo- separation from, derived from
aut-, auto- self
brachy- short
cata- down, under, lower, against
circum- around
co-, com-, con- with, together
contra- against, opposed
de- down, from
dextro- to the right
dia- through, between, apart, across
dis- apart, free from
dorso- to the back
dys- difficult, bad, painful, abnormal
e-, ec-, ef-, ex- out of, from, away from
ect-, ecto-, exo- outside of
em-, en-, eso in, into, within
end-, endo-,ent-, ento- within, inside
ep-, epi- upon, on, over
eu- normal, good, healthy
extra-, extro- outside of, beyond
gyn-, gyno- woman, female
hemi- half, partial
hetero- different, other
hyper- excessive, above, beyond
hyp-, hypo- under, beneath, deficient
`im-, in- in, into, within, not
infra- below, beneath
inter- between
intra-, intro- within, into
mal- bad, abnormal
mega-, megalo- large, big
mes-, meso middle
meta- change
micr-, micro- small
mult-, multi- many
neo- new, recent
noso- disease
oligo- little, few
pan- all, entire
para- beside, beyond, after
per- through, excessive
peri- around, surrounding
poly- many, much, excessive
post- after, behind
pre-, pro- before, in front of
pseud-, pseudo- false
pyo- pus
pyro- fire
re-, retro- backward, behind, again
semi- half
steno- narrow
sub- under, below, beneath
super-, supra- above, excess, superior
sym-, syn- together, with
tachy- fast
telo- end
therm- heat
trans- across, through, beyhond
ultra- beyond, excess
xero- dry
albus- white
chloro- green
chromo- color
cirrhos orange yellow
cyano- blue
erythro- red
leuko- white
luteus yellow
melano- black
polio- gray
porphyro- purple
rhodo- red
xantho- yellow
nulli- none
haplo- single
mon-, mono- one
bi-, di-, dipl- two, double, twice
tri- three
quadri-, tetra- four
penta- five
hex-, sex- six
`octo-, octa- eight
nona- nine
deci- ten
Created by: cbiondillo