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Medical Terminology

Ch. 1, 2 & 3 - Prefix (final)

TermDefinition
Prefix add on before word root to modify the meaning of the term; usually indicate time (T), position (P), direction (D), size, number, quantity and location, etc.
dys difficult, bad, painful
epi (P) above, on top
sub (P) under, below
hyper (P) above normal, excessive
hypo (P) below normal
ante (T) before
pre (T) (P) before, in front of
pro (T) before, in front of
post (T) (P) after, behind
noct (T) night
macro (S) large
micro (S) small
retro (P) backward, behind
super (P) above
supra (P) above
sub (P) under
infra (P) under
ab (D) away from
ad (D) toward
dia (D) through
trans (D) through/ across
circum (D) around
peri (T) around
hemi (S) half
semi (S) half
ecto (D) outside
exo (D) outside
extra (D) outside
endo (D) inside
en (D) inside
intra (P) inside
inter (P) between
medi (D) middle
later (D) side
pan (#) all
null (#) none
mono (#) one
uni (#) one
primi (#) first
bi (#) two
diplo (#) double
tri (#) three
tetra (#) four
quadri (#) four
multi (#) many
poly (#) many
pseudo false
syn joined, union, together
a without, not
an without, not
anti against
contra against
brady slow
tachy rapid, fast
ultra (D) excess, beyond
meta (P) after, beyond
para (D) near, beside, beyond
eu good, normal
mal bad
homo same
homeo same
hetero different
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