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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY *PREFIXES*
at the beginning of a word

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q  R S T U V W X Y Z

Example: Arthritis (arthr = joint, itis = inflammation)

Example: Chondromalacia (Chondro = cartilage, malacia = softening)


Medical prefix


lapar-
epi-
super-
supra-
trans-
anti-
contra-
pan-
brachio-
circum-
peri-
arterio-
ab-


dors-
retro-
fascia-
pre-
ante-
post-
sub-
para-
inter-
chole-
natus-
part-
melan-
cysto-
vesic-
haemo-, hema-
soma-
osteo-
myelo-
bi-
cerebro-
encephal-
mamm-, mast-
bronchi-, cho-


carcin-
chondro-
cyt -, cyte-
buccal-
paed-
thrombo-
col-
kerat-
cort-
ankyl-


hypo-
phrenic-
diplo-


aud-, aur-
oto-
ovi-
cubitus-
ocul-
ophthal-
hyper-


faci-
pseudo-
lip-
onych-
lymph-
ped-, pod-
pro-


cholecyst-
aden-
gingiva-


hemi-
chiro-, chiro-
cephalo-
cardio-
therm-
coxa-
ili-
centi-


intra-
endo-
enter-
ile-
iri-


arthr-


nephro-
ren-
pyelo-
genu-


macro-
laryng-
al-
labia-
hepato-
pneumo-
pulm-


Poly-
mening-
meno-, mens-
meso-
lacto-
psycho-
stoma-
or-
myx-
myo-


stric-
cervic-
trachel-
neuro-
neo-
thel-
rhin-
nares-, nas-


mono-
viscera-
ecto-
oophoro-
ovario-


dys-
pharyng-
pleur-
gravid-
pyo-


tachy-
procto-
erythro-
costo-


sial-
squam-
semin-
cut-
derma-
cranio-
brady-
micro-
myelo-
spondyl-
splen-
amyl-
gastro-
lith-
ortho-
edem-


caud-
deci-
orchid-
thorac-
kilo-
milli-
gloss-
lingua-
dent-
odont-
ad-
trache-
salpingo-


epi-
hyster-
metro-


colp-
phleb-
vas-
angio-


hydro-
sebum-
asthen-
bar-
leuko-
a-, an-
gyne-
carpo-

Laymen's term


abdomen
above, upper
above
above
across
against
against
all
arm
around
around
artery
away from


back
backward
band (fibrous)
before
before
behind
below
beside
between
bile
birth
birth, labour
black
bladder, sac
bladder, sac
blood
body
bone
bone marrow
both, two
brain
brain
breast
bronchial


cancer
cartilage
cell
cheek
child
clot
colon
cornea, scaly
covering
crooked, looped


deficient
diaphragm
double


ear, hearing
ear, hearing
egg
elbow, forearm
eye
eye
excessive


facies, face
false
fat
finger, toe nail
fluid
foot
forward


gallbladder
gland
gums


half
hand
head
heart
heat
hip
hip bone
hundredth


inside
inside, within
intestine
intestine (part)
iris (eye)


joint


kidney
kidney
kidney, bowl of
knee


large
larynx
like, similar
lip
liver
lung
lung


many
membrane
menstruate
middle
milk
mind, soul
mouth
mouth, bone
mucus
muscle


narrowing
neck
neck
nerve
new
nipple
nose
nose, nostrils


one, single
organ
outside
ovary
ovary


painful
pharynx
pleura of lung
pregnant
pus


rapid
rectum
red
ribs


saliva
scaly
seed
skin
skin
skull
slow
small
spinal cord
spine
spleen
starch
stomach
stone
straight
swelling (fluid)


tail
tenth (10th)
testes
thorax
thousand
thousandth
tongue
tongue
tooth
tooth
toward
trachea
tube


upper, above
uterus, womb
uterus, womb


vagina
vein
vessel
vessel (blood)


water
wax, suet
weakness, lack
weight
white
without
woman
wrist

Prefix/Suffix


lapar/scopy
epi/dermis
super/virulent
supra/orbital
trans/sexual
anti/depressant
contra/indication
pan/phobia
brachio/radialis
circum/duction
peri/card/itis
arterio/lo/sclerosis
ab/duction


dorsi/flexion
retro/grade
fascic/ulations
pre/natal
ante/febrile
post/nasal
sub/clinical
para/thyroid
inter/costa/l
chole/cyst/itis
nat/ural
post/part/um
melan/in
cysto/carcin/oma
vesico/cele
hema/tocrit
soma/to/tropin
osteo/chondr/itis
myel/itis
bi/ceps
cerebral/palsy
encephal/opathy
mammo/gram
bronch/itis


carcin/oma
chondro/cyte
cyto/blast
bucco/lingual
pedi/atric
thromb/osis
col/itis
kerato/conus
cort/isone
anykl/osing


hypo/thyroid
phreno/colic
dipl/opia


aud/itory
oto/laryng/ology
ovu/lation
cubital fossa
ocu/lomotor nerve
ophth/amologist
hyper/thyroid


facio/plasty
pseudo/neur/oma
lip/oma
onych/algia
lymph/edema
pod/iatrist
pro/lactin


cholecysto/litho/tripsy
adeno/my/osis
gingiv/itis


hemi/chroma/topsia
chiro/practic
cephalo/pelvic
cardio/logist
thermo/genesis
coxo/femoral
ilio/psoas
centi/meter


intra/luminal
endo/scopy
enter/itis
ileo/cecal valve
iri/dology


arthr/itis


nephro/logy
ren/al failure
pyelo/nephr/itis
genu/flect


macro/cyst
laryngo/malacia
al/ar
labio/palatine
hepato/megaly
pneumo/nia
pulm/onary


poly/cystic
mening/itis
meno/rrhagia
meso/morph
lacta/tion
psycho/somatic
stoma/to/plasty
or/al
myx/edema
myo/pia


stric/ure
cervic/al
trachel/ectomy
neuro/ology
neo/natal
thele/plasty
rhino/plasty
nas/al


mono/nucle/osis
viscera/somatic
ecto/cornea
oophor/rhagia
ovario/tubal


dys/mennorhea
pharyn/geal
pleur/isy
gravido/cardiac
pyo/derma/tosis


tachy/cardia
procto/paralysis
erythro/cyte
costo/tome


siala/den/itis
squam/ous cells
semin/al vesicle
cut/icle
derma/brasion
cranio/pagus
brady/cardia
micro/scope
myelo/lympho/cyte
spondylo/listhesis
spleno/pneum/onia
amyl/ase
gastro/enter/itis
litho/tripsy
ortho/dontia
edema/to/genic


cauda/ equina
deci/meter
orchid/op/tosis
thoraco/pagus
kilo/meter
milli/meter
glosso/pharyng/eal
linguo/papill/itis
dent/ition
odont/orrhagia
ad/duction
trache/otomy
salpingo/scope


epi/stasis
hyster/ectomy
metro/rrhagia


colp/cele
phleb/itis
vaso/active
angio/gram


hydro/cephaly
seb/orrhea
asthen/opia
bar/ometer
leuko/cyto/penia
a/sexual
gyno/cologist
carp/al tunnel

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