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Suffixes

The Language of Medicine 11th Edition

TermDefinition
-ac pertaining to
-acusis hearing
-ad toward
-agon assemble, gather
-agra excessive pain
-al pertaining to
-algesia sensitivity to pain
-algia pain
-amine nitrogen compound
-an pertaining to
-apheresis removal
-ar pertaining to
-arche beginning
-arthria articulate (speak distinctly)
-ary pertaining to
-ase enzyme
-asthenia lack of strength
-ation process; condition
-blast embryonic; immature cell
-blastoma immature tumor (cells)
-capnia carbon dioxide
-cele hernia
-centesis surgical puncture to remove fluid
-chalasia relaxation
-chalasis relaxation
-chezia defecation; elimination of wastes
-cide killing
-cidal pertaining to killing
-clasis to break
-clast to break
-clysis irrigation; washing
-coccus (pl: -cocci) berry-shaped bacterium
-constriction narrowing
-crine secrete; separate
-crit separate
-cusis hearing
-cyesis pregnancy
-cyte cell
-cytosis abnormal condition of cells; slight increase in numbers
-derma skin
-desis bind, tie together
-dilation widening; stretching; expanding
-dote to give
-drome to run
-dynia pain
-eal pertaining to
-ectasia dilation; dilatation; widening
-ectasis dilation; dilatation; widening
-ectomy removal; excision; resection
-edema swelling
-elasma flat plate
-ema condition
-emesis vomitting
-emia blood condition
-emic pertaining to blood condition
-er one who
-esis action; condition; state of
-esthesia feeling (nervous sensation)
-eurysm widening
-ferent to carry
-fication process of making
-fida split
-form resembling; in the shape of
-fusion to pour; to come together
-gen substance that produces
-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
-gravida pregnant woman
-hexia state of
-ia condition
-iac pertaining to
-iasis abnormal condition
-ic pertaining to
-ical pertaining to
-icle small
-ile pertaining to
-in, -ine substance
-ine pertaining to
-ion process
-ior pertaining to
-ism process; condition
-ist specialist
-itis inflammation
-itus condition
-ium structure; tissue
-kinesia movement
-kinesis movement
-lapse slide; fall; sag
-lemma sheath, covering
-lepsy seizure
-leptic pertaining to seizing, taking hold of
-lexia word; phrase
-lithiasis condition of stones
-lithotomy incision (for removal) of a stone
-logy study of
-lucent to shine
-lysis breakdown; separation; destruction; loosening
-lytic reducing, destroying; separating; breakdown
-malacia softening
-mania obsessive preoccupation
-megaly enlargement
-meter measure
-mimetic mimic; copy
-mission send
-mortem death
-motor movement
-oid resembling; originating from
-ole little; small
-oma tumor; mass; fluid collection
-one hormone
-opaque obscure
-opia vision condition
-opsia vision condition
-opsy view of
-or one who
-orexia appetite
-ose full of; pertaining to; sugar
-osis condition, usually abnormal
-osmia smell
-ostosis condition of bone
-otia ear condition
-ous pertaining to
-oxia oxygen
-para to bear, bring forth (live births)
-parous to bear, bring forth
-paresis weakness
-pareunia sexual intercourse
-partum birth; labor
-pathy disease; emotion
-penia deficiency
-pepsia digestion
-pexy fixation; to put in place
-phage eat; swallow
-phagia condition of eating; swallowing
-phasia speech
-pheresis removal
-phil attraction for
-philia attraction for
-phobia fear
-phonia voice; sound
-phoresis carrying; transmission
-phoria to bear, carry; feeling (mental state)
-phthisis wasting away
-phylaxis protection
-physis to grow
-phyte plant
-plakia plaque
-plasia development; formation; growth
-plasm formation; structure
-plastic pertaining to formation
-plasty surgical repair
-plegia paralysis; palsy
-plegic pertaining to paralysis; palsy
-pnea breathing
-poiesis formation
-poietin substance that forms
-porosis condition of pores (spaces)
-prandial pertaining to eating or mealtime
-praxia action
-ptosis falling; drooping; prolapse
-ptysis spitting
-rrhage bursting forth (of blood)
-rrhagia bursting forth (of blood)
-rrhaphy suture
-rrhea flow; discharge
-rrhexis rupture
-salpinx fallopian tube; oviduct
-schisis split
-sclerosis hardening
-scope instrument for visual examination
-scopy visual examination
-sis state of; condition
-sol solution
-some body
-somnia sleep
-spadia to tear; cut
-spasm sudden contraction of muscles
-sphyxia pulse
-stalsis contraction
-stasis stopping; controlling; placing
-static pertaining to stopping or controlling
-stenosis tightening; stricture
-sthenia strength
-stitial pertaining to standing or positioned
-stomia condition of the mouth
-stomy new opening (to form a mouth)
-suppression stopping
-tension pressure
-therapy treatment
-thorax chest; pleural cavity
-thymia mind (condition of)
-thymic pertaining to mind
-tic pertaining to
-tocia labor; birth (condition of)
-tocin labor; birth (a substance for)
-tome instrument to cut
-tomy process of cutting
-tory pertaining to
-tresia opening
-tripsy crushing
-trophy nourishment; development (condition of)
-tropia to turn
-tropic pertaining to stimulating
-tropin stimulate; to act on
-type classification; picture
-ule little; small
-um structure; tissue; thing
-uria urination; condition of urine
-us structure; thing
-verse to turn
-version turning (condition of)
-y condition; process
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