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Nurs 226 Med-term 1

Intro to Professional Nursing: Medical Terminology (common prefixes)

a- Without, away from
ab- Away from
ad- Toward
ambi- Both sides (e.g. ambidextrous)
an- Without (e.g. anoxia)
ante- Before, in front of (e.g. antecubital)
antero- Before, in front of (e.g. anterior)
anti- Against
auto- Self
brady- Slow
circum- Around
con- With, together
contra- Against (e.g. contradict)
de- Down (e.g. descend)
dextro- To the right of
dia- Through, across (e.g. diameter)
dorso- Back (e.g. dorsal fin)
dys- Painful, difficult (e.g. dyspnea: painful, labored breathing)
ec- Out, out from (e.g. ectopic: outside of its normal location)
endo- Within, inner
epi- Upon, over
eu- Normal, good (e.g. eupnea: normal breathing)
ex- Out from (exhale)
exo- Out
hetero- Different
homo- Same
hyper- Over, above
hypo- Under, below
im- Not
in- Not, into
infra- Under, below (infraorbital; below the eye)
inter- Among, between
intra- Within, inside
latero- Side
mal- Bad, ill
medi- Middle (medial)
meso- Middle (mesoderm)
meta- Change, beyond
mid- Middle (midline)
neo- New (neonate, neoplasm)
pachy- Thick
pan- All (pancarditis; inflammation of entire heart)
para- Beside, beyond, near
per- Through (percutaneous; though the skin_
peri- Around (pericardial; around the heart
hydro- Water
Created by: scottheadrick