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Med Terms

Med Terms for Coders

suffix is added to the end to complete a term and tell what is happening
-ac, -ic, -al, -ar, -ary, -eal, -ical, -ic, -ine, -ior, -ory, -ous, -tic pertaining to
-ago, -esis, -iasis, -ia, -ion, -ism, -osis abnormal condition or disease
-algia pain and suffering ex. cephaligia
-dynia pain ex. coccydynia
-itis inflammation ex. pancreatitis
-malacia abnormal softening ex. chondromalacia
-megaly enlargement ex. cardiomegaly
-necrosis tissue death ex. osteonecrosis
-orrhagia burst forth, hemorrhage ex. menorrhagia
-orrhea discharge, flowing ex. dysmenorrhea
-sclerosis abnormal hardening ex. arteriosclerosis
-stenosis abnormal narrowing ex. arteriostenosis
-centesis surgically puncture to remove excess fluid ex. peritoneocentesis
-ectomy to surgically remove ex. hysterectomy
-graphy process of recording ex. arteriography
-gram picture or record ex. electrocardiogram
-lysis loosen, free, or destroy ex. hemolysis
-orrhaphy repair, close, suture ex. herniorrhaphy
-plasty surgically repair ex. abdominoplasty
-scopy visually examine ex. bronchoscopy
-stomy form an opening ex. colostomy
prefix small word added to beginning of a word to change its meaning
Sub- less, under or below
Supra- excessive or above
Inter- between or among
Intra- within or inside
Hyper- over or above, excessive or increased
Hypo- below, decreased or deficient
Dys- bad, painful, or difficult
Eu- good, normal or easy
Ab- away from
Ad- in the direction of, toward
Uni-, mono one, single
primi- first
Bi-, di- double, two
Tri- three
Quadr/i-,tetra- four
hemi-, semi- half
Multi- multiple
Poly many
Olig/o scant, few
Pan- all
Alb/o- white
Clor/o- green
Erythr/o red
Leuk/o white
Melan/o black
Purpur- purple
Rube- red
Xanth/o yellow
a-,an- no, not, without
ante- before
anti-, contra- against
aut- self
de- down, without
dextr/o right
dia-, per-, trans- complete, through
endo- within
ec- ecto- out, outside
exo- outside, away from
hetero- other, different
homo- same, unchanging
mes/o- Middle
macro-,mega- Large (abnormally)
micro- Small
neo- new
normo- normal
peri- Around
pre-, pro Before
poikilo- varied, irregular
post- after, behind
pseudo- false
re- back, again
retro- behind
sub- under, below
syn-,sym- Together
tel/e, tel/o end
trans- across, through
sinister-/o left
Created by: classiegirl