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Intro to Medi Terms

eponyms Words formed from a person's name
prefix word part found at the beginning of a word. Usually indicates a time, location, number or status
root word part that gives the essential meaning of the word.
combining vowel single vowel, usually an "O" that is added to the end of a root to make the word easier to pronounce
combining form combination of the root and combining vowel
suffix word part found at the end of a word. Usually indicates procedure, condition, disease, or disorder.
pre- before
peri- around
post- after
-tomy cutting into or incision
-stomy a surgically created opening
-ectomy surgical removal or excision
-pexy suture to stabilize
-plasty surgical repair
-centesis surgical puncture to remove fluid or gas
-gram record of
-graph instruments that records
-graphy procedure that records
-lysis separation or breakdown
-scope instrument to visually examine
-scopy procedure to visually examine
-therapy treatment
-rrhagia bursting forth (hemorrhage
-rrhaphy to suture
-rrhea flow, discharge
-rrhexis rupture
-algia pain
-dynia pain
-itis inflammation
-malacia abnormal softening
-megaly enlargement
-osis abnormal condition
-pathy disease
-sclerosis abnormal hardening
-um structure
Created by: Laina87