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Common Suffixes

Common Suffixes for Medical Terminology

TermDefinition
algia pain; suffering
asthenia weakness
cele hernia, protrusion
centesis surgical puncture to remove fluid
cidal killing
clasia break
clasis break
clast break
clysis irrigating; washing
coccus berry shaped (a form of bacterium)
crine separate; secrete
crit to separate
cyte cell
desis fusion; to bind; tie together
drome run; running
ductor to lead or pull
dynia pain
ectasis stretching out; dilation; expansion
ectomy excision or surgical removal
ectopia displacement
emesis vomiting
emia blood; blood condition
gen producing; forming
genesis producing; forming
genic producing; forming
gnosis a knowing
gram record; x-ray
graph instrument used to record
graphy process of recording; x-ray filming
ictal seizure; attack
ism state of
itis inflammation
lepsy seizure
logist specialist
logy study of
lysis destruction; reduce; separation
malacia softening
mani madness; insane desire
megaly enlargement
meter instrument used to measure
metry measurement
morph form; shape
oid, ode resembling
oma tumor; mass
opia vision (condition)
opsy to view
oxia oxygen
paresis slight paralysis
pathy disease
penia abnormal reduction in number; lack of
peps, pepsia digestion
pexy surgical fixation; suspension
phagia eating; swallowing
philia love
phily love
phobia abnormal fear of or adversion to specific objects or things
phonia sound or voice
phoria feeling
physis growth
plasia formation; development; a growth
plasm growth; formation; substance
plasty plastic or surgical repair
plegia paralysis; stroke
pnea breathing
porosis lessening in density; porous condition
praxia in front of; before
ptosis drooping; sagging; prolapse
ptysis spitting
rrhage bursting forth, an abnormal excessive discharge or bleeding
rrhagia bursting forth, an abnormal excessive discharge or bleeding
rrhaphy to suture or stitch
rrhea abnormal flow or discharge
rrhexix rupture
schisis split; fissure
sclerosis hardening
scope instrument used for visual exam
scopic visual exam
scopy visual exam with an instrument
sepsis infection
sis state of
spasm sudden involuntary muscle contraction
stalsis contraction; constriction
stat to stop
stenosis narrowing; constriction
stomy new artificial opening
therapy treatment
tome instrument used to cut
tomy cutting into; surgical incision
tripsy crushing
trophy nourishment
ule little
uria urine; urination
Created by: lhowrie