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Medical Terminology

Medical terms for Certified Medical Admin Assist.

TermDefinition
abdomen/o abdomen
acr/o extremities; top; extreme point
actin/o light
aden/o gland
adip/o fat
adren/o adrenal glands
adrenal/o adrenal glands
aer/o air
agglutin/o clumping; sticking together
albin/o white
albumin/o albumin (protein)
alges/o sensitivity to pain
alveol/o alveolus
amyl/o starch
an/o anus
andr/o male
angi/o vessel
ankyl/o crooked; bent; stiff
anter/o front
anthrac/o coal
aort/o aorta
appendic/o appendix
aque/o water
arteri/o artery
arthr/o joint
asbest/o asbestos
atel/o incomplete
ather/o plaque (fatty substance)
atri/o atrium
audi/o hearing
aut/o self, own
axill/o armpit
bacteri/o bacteria
bi/o life
bil/i bile; gall
blephar/o eyelid
bol/o cast; throw
brachi/o arm
bronch/o bronchus
bronchi/o bronchial tube
calc/o calcium
capn/o carbon dioxide
carcin/o cancerous
cardi/o heart
carp/o wrist bones
caud/o tail; lower part of body
caus/o burn; burning
cephal/o head
cerebell/o cerebellum
cerebr/o cerebrum; brain
cervic/o neck; cervix (neck of uterus)
chem/o chemical; drug
chol/e bile; gall
cholangi/o bile vessel
cholecyst/o gallbladder
choledoch/o common bile duct
chondr/o cartilage
chori/o chorion
chrom/o color
chron/o time
cine/o movement
cis/o to cut
coagul/o coagulation (clotting)
coccyg/o coccyx (tailbone)
col/o colon (large intestine)
coll/a glue
colon/o colon (large intestine)
coni/o dust
coron/o heart
cortic/o cortex, outer region
cost/o rib
crani/o skull
cras/o mixture; temperament
cutane/o skin
cyan/o blue
cyst/o urinary bladder; cyst; sac of fluid
cyt/o cell
dactyl/o fingers; toes
derm/o skin
dermat/o skin
diaphor/o excessive sweating
dipl/o double
dips/o thirst
dist/o far; distant
duct/o to lead, carry
electr/o electricity
encephala/o brain
end/o in; within
enter/o small intestine
eosin/o red; rosy; dawn-colored
episi/o vulva
erg/o work
erythr/o red
esophagi/o esophagus
esthes/o nervous sensation (feeling)
esthesi/o feeling (nervous sensation)
estr/o female
fasci/o fascia (membrane supporting muscles)
femor/o femur (thigh bone)
fibr/o fiber
flex/o to bend
fluor/o luminous
follicul/o follicle; small sac
fung/o fungus; mushroom
gastr/o stomach
gen/o producing; produced by
gester/o pregnancy
gingiv/o gum
glauc/o gray
gli/o glue; neuroglial tissue (supportive tissue of the nervous system)
glomerul/o glomerulus
gloss/o tongue
gluc/o glucose; sugar
glyc/o glucose; sugar
glycos/o glucose; sugar
gnos/o knowledge
gonad/o sex glands
granul/o granule(s)
hallucin/o hallucination
hem/o blood
hemato/o blood
hepat/o liver
herni/o hernia
hidr/o sweat
hist/o tissue
home/o sameness; unchanging; constant
hormon/o hormone
hydr/o water
hyp/o deficient; below; under
hypn/o sleep
hypophys/o pituitary gland
iatr/o physician; treatment
ichthy/o dry; scaly
idi/o unknown; individual; distinct
ile/o ileum
immune/o immune; protection; safe
inguin/o groin
isch/o to hold back; back
jejun/o jejunum
kal/I potassium
kary/o nucleus
kerat/o horny, hard; cornea
lacrim/o tear; tear duct; lacrimal duct
lact/o milk
lapar/o abdominal wall; abdomen
laryng/o larynx
later/o side
leiomy/o smooth (visceral) muscle
leth/o death
leuk/o white
lingu/o tongue
lip/o fat; lipid
litho stone; calculus
log/o study of
lumb/o lower back loin
lymph/o lymph
lymphaden/o lymph gland
lymphangia/o lymph vessel
mamm/o breast
mandibl/o mandible (lower jaw bone)
meat/o meatus (opening)
medi/o middle
medull/o medulla (inner section)
melan/o black
men/o menses; menstruation
ment/o mind; chin
metatars/o metatarsals (foot bones)
merti/o uterus; womb
mon/o one, single
morph/o shape; form
muc/o mucus
mucos/o mucous membrane (mucosa)
mut/a genetic change
my/o muscle
myc/o fungus
myel/o spinal cord; bone marrow
myocardi/o myocardium (heart muscle)
myx/o mucus
narc/o numbness; stupor; sleep
nas/o nose
nat/i birth
natr/o sodium
necr/o death
nephr/o kidney
neur/o nerve
norm/o rule; order
nucle/o nucleus
nyct/o night
ocul/o eye
onc/o tumor
onych/o nail
ophthalm/o eye
or/o mouth
orth/o straight
oste/o bone
ot/o ear
ovari/o ovary
ovul/o egg
palat/o palate
pancreat/o pancreas
papill/o nipple-like; optic disc
parathyroid/o parathyroid glands
path/o disease
pector/o chest
pelv/o pelvic bone; hip
perine/o perineum
peritone/o peritoneum
phag/o eat; swallow
phalang/o phalanges (finger or toes)
pharmac/o drug
pharyng/o throat; pharynx
phleb/o vein
phob/o fear
phren/o diaphragm; mind
physi/o nature
phyt/o plant
pituitar/o pituitary gland
pleur/o pleura
pneum/o lung; air
pneumon/o lung; air
poikil/o varied; irregular
polyp/o polyp; small growth
poster/o back (of body); behind
presby/o old age
prostat/o prostate gland
prot/o first
proxim/o near
prurit/o itching
psych/o mind
pulmon/o lung
py/o pus
pyel/o renal pelvis
pylor/o pylorus; pyloric sphincter
pyr/o fever; fire
pyret/o fever
radi/o x-rays; radioactivity; radius (lateral lower arm bone)
rect/o rectum
ren/o kidney
recticul/o network
retin/o retina
rhin/o nose
roentgen/o x-rays
rrhtym/o rhythm
sacr/o flesh
salping/o uterine (fallopian) tube; oviduct; auditory (eustachian)
sarc/o flesh (connective tissue)
schiz/o split
scirrh/o hard
scler/o sclera (white of eye)
sebace/o sebum
sect/o to cut
semin/I semen; seed
somat/o body
son/o sound
sphen/o wedge; sphenoid bone
spher/o globe-shaped; round
spir/o to breathe
spleen/o spleen
spondyl/o vertebrae (back bone)
squam/o scale
steat/o fat, lipid, sebum
ster/o solid structure; steroid
steth/o chest
stomat/o mouth
strept/o twisted chains
tars/o tarsus (ankle bone)
tax/o order; coordination
terat/o monster; malformed fetus
test/o testis; testicle
thalam/o thalamus
thalass/o sea
the/o put; place
thel/o nipple
therapeut/o treatment
throac/o chest
thromb/o clot
thymb/o thymus gland
thyr/o thyroid gland; shield
thyroid/o thyroid gland
tom/o to cut
ton/o tension
tonsill/o tonsil
top/o place; position; location
tox/o poison
toxic/o poison
trache/o trachea (windpipe)
trich/o hair
tympan/o tympanic membrane (eardrum); middle ear
umbilic/o navel; umbilical cord
ungu/o nail
urethr/o urethra
urin/o urine
uve/o uvea. vascular layer of eye (iris, choroid, ciliary body)
vagin/o vagina
valvul/o valve
vas/o vessel; duct; vas deferens
vascul/o blood vessel
ven/o vein
ventr/o belly side of the body
ventricul/o ventricle (of the brain or heart)
viscer/o interal organs
vit/o life
xanth/o yellow
xen/o stranger
xer/o dry
a- no; not; without
ab- away from
ad- toward
af- toward
agora- marketplace
an- no; not; without
ana- up; apart; backward; excessive
anti- against
brady- slow
cata- down
con- with
contra- against; opposite
de- lack of; down; less; removal
dia- complete; through
dys- bad; painful; difficult; abnormal
ec- out; outside
echo- reflected sound
endo- in; within
epi- above; upon; on
eso- inward
eu- good; normal
ex- out; away from
exo- outside; out; away from
hemi- half
hyper- above; excessive
hypo- deficient; below; under
in- in; into; not
infra- below; inferior to; beneath
inter- between
intra- within; into
macro- large
mega- large
meta- change; beyond
micro- small
mono- one; single
neo- new
oxy- swift; sharp; acid
par- other than; abnormal
para- near; beside; abnormal; apart from; along the side of
per- through
peri- surrounding
poly- many; much
pre- before; in front of
pro- before
pseudo- false
re- back; again; backward
retro- behind; back; backward
sub- under; below
sym- together; with
syn- together; with
tachy- fast
trans- across; through
ultra- beyond; excess
uni- one
-ac pertaining to
-agon to assemble, gather
-al pertaining to
-algia pain
-amine nitrogen compound
-an pertaining to
-ar pertaining to
-arche beginning
-ary pertaining to
-ase enzyme
-ation process
-blast embryonic; immature
-cele hernia
-centesis surgical puncture to remove fluid
-chezia defication; elimination of wastes
-clast to break
-cocci, pl. berry-shaped bacteria
-constriction narrowing
-crine secrete; separate
-crit to separate
-cusis hearing
-cyesis pregnancy
-cyte cell
-derma skin
-dilation widening; stretching; expanding
-dipsia thirst
-dote what is given
-drome to run
-dynia pain
-eal pertaining to
-ectasis stretching; dilation
-ectomy removal; excision; resection
-edema swelling
-emesis vomiting
-emia blood condition
-esis condition
-esthesia nervous sensation
-ferent to carry
-form resembling; in the shape of
-gen producing; forming
-genesis producing; forming
-genic produced by or in
-globin protein
-globulin protein
-grade to go
-gram record
-graph instrument for recording
-graphy process of recording
-ia condition
-iac pertaining to
-iasis abnormal condition
-ic pertaining to
-in, -ine a substance
-ion process
-ior pertaining to
-ism process; condition
-ist specialist
-itis inflammation
-ium structure; tissue
-kinesia movement
-lapse to slide, fall, sag
-lepsy seizure
-leptic to seize, take hold of
-listhesis slipping
-logy study of
-lucent to shine
-lysis breakdown; separation; destruction loosening
-lytic to reduce, destroy
-malacia softening
-mania obsessive preoccupation
-megaly enlargement
-meter measure
-mission to send
-oid resembling
-ole little; small
-oma tumor; mass; fluid collection
-one harmone
-opaque obscure
-opia vision
-opsia vision
-opsy view of
-or one who
-orexia appetite
-ose full of, pertaining to, sugar
-osis abnormal condition
-ous pertaining to
-oxia oxygen
-pathy disease; emotion
-penia deficiency
-pepsia digestion
-phage eat; swallow
-phagia eating; swallowing
-phasia speech
-philia attraction for
-phobia fear of
-phoresis carrying; transmission
-phoria to bear, carry; feeling (mental state)
-phylaxis protection
-physis to grow
-plasia development; formation; growth
-plasm formation
-plastic pertaining to formation
-plasty surgical repair
-pnea breathing
-poiesis formation
-poietin substance that forms
-ptosis droop; sag; prolapse; fall
-ptysis spitting
-rrhage bursting forth of blood
-rrhagia bursting forth of blood
-rrhaphy suture
-rrhea flow; discharge
-sclerosis hardening
-scope instrument for visual examination
-scopy visual examination
-sis state of; condition
-sol solution
-some body
-spasm sudden contraction of muscle
-stasis stop; control; place
-stenosis tightening; stricture
-stitial to set; pertaining to standing or positioned
-stomy new opening
-suppression to stop
-therapy treatment
-thymia mind
-tic pertaining to
-tomy process of cutting
-tresia opening
-trophy nourishment; development
-tropia to turn
-tropic turning
-tropin stimulate; act on
-type classification; picture
-ule little; small
-um structure; tissue; thing
-uria urination; condition of urine
-us thing
-verse to turn
-y condition; process
Created by: amc538