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HHS Female Reproduct

Medical Word Elements & Abbreviations

QuestionAnswer
amni/o amnion (amniotic sac)
cervic/o neck; cervix uteri (neck of uterus)
colp/o; vagin/o vagina
lact/o milk
gynec/o woman, female
hyster/o; uter/o uterus (womb)
mamm/o; mast/o breast
men/o menses, menstruation
nat/o birth
oophor/o; ovari/o ovary
perine/o perineum
salping/o tube (usually fallopian or eustachian (auditory) tubes)
arche- beginning
-gravida pregnant woman
-para to bear (offspring)
-tocia childbirth, labor
-version turning
ante- before, in front of
dys- bad; painful; difficult
endo- in, within
multi- many, much
post- after
primi- first
AB; Ab; ab antibody; abortion
AI artificial insemination
BSE breast self-examination
CA cancer; chronological age; cardiac arrest
D dilatation (dilation) and curettage
G gravida (pregnant)
GYN gynecology
CS; C-section cesarean section
Pap papanicolaou (test)
PMS premenstrual syndrome
STD sexually transmitted disease
FHR fetal heart rate
IUGR intrauterine growth rate
IVF-ET in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer
LBW low birth weight
OB obstetrics
UC uterine contraction