PREFIXES & SUFFIXES IN MEDICINE

Everybody should know the basic functioning of Human Body and its main parts in order to express and explain their ailment to the Doctor and at the same time one should be able to understand the diagnosis expressed by the Doctor in the medical terminology.

For easy recognition of the Compounded Words used in the Medical Terminology for naming the disease,Suffixes are added to Prefixes.

Here find a few prefixes for ready reference and understanding.

Prefixes

Eg:-Adenosarcoma.
Here “Adeno” is a prefix

1. Adeno* – Glandular

2. An* – Not

3. Anti* – Against

4. Aorto* – Aorta

5. Artho* – joint

6. Bleph* – Eyelid

7. Broncho* – Bronchi

8. Cardio* – Heart

9. Cephal* – Head

10. Cerebro* – Brain

11. Cervico* – Cervix

12. Cholecysto* – Gall Bladder

13. Coli* – Bowel

14. Colpo* – Vagina

15. Entero* – Intestine

16. Gastro* – Stomach

17. Glosso* – Tongue

18. Haema* – Blood

19. Hepa* – Liver

20. Hystero* – Uterus

21. Laryngo* – Larynx

22. Leuco* – White

23. Metro* – Uterus

24. Myelo* – Spinal cord

25. Myo* – Muscle

26. Nephro* – Kidney

27. Neuro* – Nerve

28. Odonto* – Tooth

29. Orchido* – Testis

30. Osteo* – Bone

31. Oto* – Ear

32. Pharyngo* – Pharynx

33. Pio* – Pus

34. Pneumo* – Lung

35. Ren* – Kidney

36. Rhin* – Nose

37. Spleno* – Spleen

38. Thyro* – Thyroid Gland

39. Urethro* – Urethra

40. Vesico* – Bladder

Suffixes

Here are the suffixes used in Medical terminology.

Eg:-Megaloblastic anaemia.

Here “aemia” is a Suffix

1. -aemia* : Blood

2. -algia* : Pain

3. -derm* : skin

4. -dynia* : pain

5. -ectomy* : removal

6. -Itis* : inflammation

7. -lithiasis* : Presence of Stone

8. -malacia* : softening

9. -oma* : tumour

10. -opia* : eye

11. -osis* : Condition,excess

12. -otomy* : incision of

13. -phobia* : fear

14. -plasty* : surgery

15. -plegia* : paralysis

16. -ptosis* : falling

17. -rhoea* : excessive discharge

18. -rhage* : to burst forth

19. -rhythmia* : rhythm.

20. -stasis* : stoppage of movement

21. -sthenia* : weakness

22. -stomy* : outlet

23. -tomy* : removal

24. -trophy* : nourishment

25. -uria* : urine

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