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Basic terminology

Basic terms

acu/o sharp, severe, sudden
adip/o fat
anter/o front
arthr/o joint
bi/o life
carcin/o cancerous, cancer
cardi/o heart
cephal/o head
cervic/o neck
chiro hand
chondr/o cartilage (type of connective tissue)
coccyg/o coccyx (tailbone)
crani/o skull
cutane/o skin
dist/o far, distant
dors/o back portion of the body
duct/o to lead, carry
electr/o electricity
encephal/o brain
flex/o to bend
gynec/o woman, female
hemat/o hem/o blood
hepat/o liver
hydr/o water, fluid
iatr/o treatment
later/o side
lumb/o lower back
medi/o middle
muc/o mucus
my/o muscle
myel/o spinal cord, bone marrow
necr/o death (of cells or whole body)
neur/o nerve
norm/o rule, order
orth/o straight
oste/o bone
path/o disease
ped/o child
pelv/o hip, pelvic cavity
poster/o back, behind
proximo nearest
psych/o mind
radi/o x-rays
sarc/o flesh
sacr/o sacrum
son/o sound
spin/o spine, backbone
thorac/o chest
ventr/o belly side of the body
vertebr/o vertebrae, backbones
viscer/o internal organs
Created by: gacosta