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medical prefixes

common medical prefixes

prefixmeaning
a-, an-,ar- without- away from example -arrhythmia
aniso- unequal example- anisocytosis
anti- against example-antiseptic
bi- two example-bicuspid
brady- slow example-bradycardia
cyan- blue example-cyanotic
dys- difficult example- dyspnea
endo- in, within example- endothelium
epi- on, over, upon example-epidermis
erythr- red example-erythrocyte
exo- outside example- exocrine
extra- outside example- extravascular
homo- same example- homogeneous
homeo- same exampe- homeostasis
hyper- too much example- hypertension
hypo- low, under example- hypoglycemia
intra- within example- intromuscular
inter- between example- intercellular
iso- equal, same example- isothermal
mal- bad example- malnutrition
micro- small example- microcyte
per- through example- percutaneous
peri- around example- pericardium
pre- before example- prenatal
supra- above example- suprapubic
tachy- rapid, fast example-tachycardia
tri- three example- tricuspid
-ac,-al pertaining to example-cardiac, neural
-algia pain example-neuralgia
-cyte cell example-erythrocyte
-ectomy removal example- appendectomy
-emia blood condition example- anemia
-itis inflammation example- tonsillitis
-logist specialist in the study of example- cardiologist
-logy study of example- histology
-lysis break down, destruction example- hemolysis
-oma tumor example- hepatoma
-pathy desease example- cardiomyopathy
-penia deficiency example- leukopenia
-rrhage burst forth/excessive flow example- hemorrhage
-spasm twitch, involuntary muscle movement example- arteriospasm
-stasis stopping, controlling, standing example- homestasis
-tomy cutting, incision example- phlebotomy
Created by: kirynjudd