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Common Suffixes

Medical Terminology Common Suffixes

SuffixMeaning
-algia pain
-dynia pain
-genesis origin or production
-lysis breaking down or dissolution
-megaly enlargement
-oid resembling
-penia abnormal reduction
-rrhea discharge
-spasm involuntary contraction
-cele pouching or hernia
-ectasis expansion or dilation
-emia blood condition
-iasis formation or presence of
-itis inflammation
-malacia softening
-oma tumor
-osis condition or increase
-phil attraction for
-philia attraction for
-ptosis falling or downward displacement
-rrhage to burst forth (usually blood)
-rrhagia to burst forth (usually blood)
-rrhexis rupture
-centesis puncture for aspiration
-desis binding
-ectomy excision (removal)
-pexy suspension or fixation
-plasty surgical repair or reconstruction
-rrhaphy suture
-tomy incision
-stomy creation of an opening
-ation process
-e general indicator that a word is a person, place, or thing
-ia condition of
-ism condition of
-y condition or process of
-ium structure or tissue
-ac pertaining to
-al pertaining to
-ar pertaining to
-ary pertaining to
-eal pertaining to
-ic pertaining to
-ous pertaining to
-tic pertaining to
-icle small
-ole small
-ula small
-ule small
-gram record
-graph instrument for recording
-graphy process of recording
-iatrics treatment
-iatry treatment
-logy study
-logist one who specializes in the study or treatment of
-ist one who specializes in
-meter instrument for measuring
-metry process of measuring
-poiesis formation
-scope instrument for examination
-scopy process for examination
-stasis stop or stand
-asthenia weakness
-lepsy seizure
-mania condition of abnormal impulse toward
-paresis slight paralysis
-plegia paralysis
-emesis vomiting
-pnea breathing
Created by: tsuchiya