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Suffixes

It's important to remember suffixes when learning medical terminology.

TermDefinition
-malacia Softening
-esis, -ism Condition
-algia, -dynia Pain
-cele Hernia, Swelling
-centesis Surgical Puncture
-clasis To break; Surgically Fracture
-rrhaphy Suture
-emesis Vomiting
-ectomy Removal, Excision
-tomy Incision
-graph Instrument For Recording
-esthesia Feeling
-rrhage, -rrhagia Bursting (of)
-emia Blood Condition
-meter Instrument For Measuring
-toxic Poison
-graphy Prosses Of Recording
-penia Decrease, Deficiency
-iasis Abnormal Conditioning (produced by something specific)
-osis Abnormal Condition: Increase (Used primarily with blood cells)
-edema Swelling
-itis Inflammation
-lith Stone, Calculus
-magaly Enlargement
-icle, -ole, -ule Small, Minute, Little
-lysis Separation; Destruction; Loosening
-ac, -al, -ary, -eal, -ic, -ical, -ior, -ous, -tic Pertaining To
-scope
-oma Tumor
-metry Act Of Measuring
-pexy Fixation (of an organ)
-ia Condition
-pelgia Paralysis
-plasty Surgical Repair
-pathy Disease
-scopy Visual Examination
-phobia Fear
-plasia Formation, Growth
-tome Instrument To Cut
-rrhea Discharge, Flow
-stomy Forming An Opening (mouth)
-cyte cell
-rrhexis Rupture
-tripsy Crushing
-ectasis Dilation, Expansion
-iatry Medicine; Treatment
-desis Binding, Fixation (of a bone or joint)
-gram Record, Writing
-stenosis Narrowing, Stricture
Created by: Jackiejacobs2019