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Prefixes

The Language of Medicine 11th Edition

TermDefinition
a-, an- no; not; without
ab- away from
ad- toward
af- toward
agora- marketplace
ana- up; apart; backward; again, anew
ante- before; forward
anti- against
apo- off, away
aut-, auto- self, own
bi- two
brachy- short
brady- slow
cata- down
con- together, with
contra- against; opposite
de- lack of; down; less; removal of
dia- complete; through
dorsi- back
dys- bad; painful; difficult; abnormal
ec- out; outside
echo- reflected sound
ecto- out;outside
em- in
en- in; within
end- in; within
endo- in; within
epi- above; upon; on
eso- inward
eu- good; normal; true
ex- out; away from
exo- out; away from
extra- outside
hemi- half
in- in; into; not
infra- below; inferior to; beneath
inter- between
intra- within; into
ipsi- same
ir- in
kern- nucleus (collection of nerve cells in the brain)
macro- large
mal- bad
mega- large
meso- middle
meta- change; beyond
micro- small
multi- many
neo- new
nulli- none
oxy- rapid; sharp; acid
pachy- heavy; thick
pan- all
par- other than; abnormal
para- near; beside; abnormal; apart from; along the side of
per- through
peri- surrounding
polio- gray matter (of brain or spinal cord)
poly- many; much; increased
post- after; behind
pre- before; in front of
primi- first
pro- before; forward
pros- before; forward
pseudo- false
quadri- four
re- back; again; backward
retro- behind; back; backward
semi- half
sub- under; below
supra- above, upper
sym- together; with
syn- together; with
tachy- fast
tetra- four
trans- across; through
tri- three
ultra- beyond; excess
uni- one
Created by: AbiNoel