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Word Parts

Anatomy of Medical Terms

prefix word part found at the beginning of a word. Usually indicates number, location, time, or status
root word part that gives the essential meaning of the word. A root cannot stand alone; a suffix must be added to complete the term
combining vowel single vowel, usually an o, that is added to the end of a root to make the word easier to pronounce. A combining vowel is used when a suffix begins with a consonant or when two or more roots are joined.
combining form combination of the root and combining vowel
suffix word part found at the end of a word. Usually indicates procedure, condition, disease, or disorder.