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Noun Suffixes

Western Medical Terminology: Ch. 3

Noun SuffixMeaning
-algia (fibermyalgia) pain
-cele hernia
-centesis surgical puncture to remove fluid
-coccus (plural: -cocci) berry-shaped bacterium
-cyte cell
-dynia (vulvodynia: vaginal pain) pain
-ectomy (masetomy) excision, removal, resection
-emia (anemia) blood condition
-genesis (osteogenesis: production of bone) condition of producing, forming
-gram (mammogram) record
-graph instrument for recording
-itis inflammation
-logy study of
-lysis (dialysis: removing waste and toxins from body, kidneys) breakdown, destruction, separation
-malacia softening
-megaly enlargement
-oma tumor, mass, collection of fluid
-opsy (biopsy) to view
-osis condition, usually abnormal
-pathy (neuropathy) disease condition
-penia (osteopenia: bone mineral weakening) deficiency
-phobia fear
-plasia (dysplasia) development, formation, growth
-plasty (rhinoplasty) surgical repair
-ptosis (blepharoptosis) drooping, falling, prolapse
-rrhea (gonorrea) flow, discharge
-sclerosis hardening
-scope (stethoscope) instrument for visual examination
-scopy process of visual examination (with an endoscope)
-stasis (Greek: standing still) -controlling, stopping
-stomy (colostomy) opening to form a mouth (stoma)
-thearpy treatment
-tomy (hysterectomy) incision, cutting into
-trophy (embryotrophy) development, nourishment
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