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Language of Medicine

Chapter 1 Suffix

-ac pertaining to (example: cardiac)
-al pertaining to (example: neural)
-algia pain (example: neuralgia)
-cyte cell (example: erythrocyte)
-ectomy excision, removal (example: nephrectomy: excision of a kidney)
-emia blood condition (anemia)
-genic pertaining to producing, produced by, or produced in (example: carcinogenic: cigarette smoke)
-globin protein (example: hemoglobin:Hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb) is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.
-gram record (example: electroencephalogram: (EEG) is a test that detects electrical activity in your brain using small, metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp.
-ic, -ical pertaining to (example: gastric)
-ion process (example: excision)
-ist specialist (example: Opthamologist)
-itis inflammation (cystitis)
-logy process of study (endocrinology)
-oma tumor, mass, swelling (example: hepatoma, is a malignant tumor of the liver)
-opsy process of viewing (example: biopsy)
-osis condition, usually abnormal (slight increase in numbers when used with blood cells). (Example: leukocytosis, a slight increase in white blood cells, when there is an infection to fight it off!)
-pathy disease condition
-scope instrument to visually examine (example: Pierre's arthroscopic surgery, an instrument was used to explore and see inside of the knee before the actual surgery)
-scopy process of visually examining (example during Pierre's surgery the doctor was used an instrument during the process of looking at the knee to examine it before the surgery)
-sis state of; condition (prognosis)
-tomy process of cutting (osteotomy)
-y process, condition
Created by: MissMeeMee