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Glossary of Word Parts - Medical Terminology Part 1

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a
no, not, without, lack of, apart
ab
away from
ad
toward, near
ambi
both
an
no, not, without, lack of
ana
up
ant
against
ante
before
anti
against
apo
seperation
astro
star-shaped
auto
self
bi
two, double
bin
twice
brachy
short
brady
slow
cac
bad
cata
down
centi
a hundred
chromo
color
circum
around
con
with, together
contra
against
de
down, away from
deca
ten
di (a)
through, between
dia
through, between
dif
apart, free from, seperate
dipl
double
di (s)
two, apart
dis
apart
dys
bad, difficult
painful
ec
out, outside, outer
ecto
out, outside, outer
em
in
en
within
end
within, inner
endo
within, inner
ep
upon, over, above
epi
upon, over, above
eso
inward
eu
good, normal
ex
away from, out
exo
out, away from
extra
outside, beyond
hemi
half
heter
different
hetero
different
homo
similar, same
homeo
similar, same
likeness, constant
hydr
water
hydro
water
hyp
below, deficient
hyper
above, beyond, excessive
hypo
below, under, deficient
in
in, into, not
infra
below
infer
below
inter
between
intra
within
ir (in)
into
macro
large
mal
bad
mega
large, great
meso
middle
meta
beyond, over, between,
change
micro
small
milli
one-thousandth
mon (o)
one
mono
one
multi
many, much
neo
new
nulli
none
olig
little, scanty
oligo
little, scanty
pan
all
par
around, beside
para
beside, alongside, abnormal
per
through
peri
around
poly
much, many excessive
post
after, behind
pre
before
primi
first
pro
before
proto
first
pseudo
false
pyro
fire
quadri
four
quint
five
re
back
retro
backward
semi
half
sub
below, under, beneath
supra
above, beyond
super
above, beyond
sym
together
syn
together, with
tachy
fast
tetra
four
tri
three
trans
across
ultra
beyond
uni
one
agor/a
market place
-able
capable
-ac
pertaining to
-ad
pertaining to
-age
related to
-al
pertaining to
-algesia
pain
-algia
pain
-ant
forming
-ar
pertaining to
-ary
pertaining to
-ase
enzyme
-asthenia
weakness
-ate
use, action
-ate(d)
use, action
-betes
to go
-blast
immature cell,
germ cell
-body
body
-cele
hernia, tumor, swelling
-centesis
surgical puncture
-ceps
head
-cide
to kill
-clasia
a breaking
-clave
a key
-cle
small
-clysis
injection
-cope
strike
-crit
to seperate
-culture
cultivation
-cusis
hearing
-cuspid
point
-cyesis
pregnancy
-cyst
bladder
-cyte
cell
-dermis
skin
-desis
binding
-dipsia
thirst
-drome
a course
-dynia
pain
-ectasis
dilatation, distention
-ectasy
dilation
-ectomy
surgical excision
-edema
swelling
-emesis
vomitting
-emia
blood condition
-ergy
work
-esthesia
feeling
-form
shape
-fuge
to flee
-er
relating to, one who
-gen
formation, produce
-genes
produce
-genesis
formation, produce
-genic
formation, produce
-glia
glue
-globin
protein
-grade
a step
-graft
pencil, grafting knife
-gram
a weight, mark
record
-graph
to write, record
-graphy
recording
-hexia
condition
-ia
condition
-iasis
condition
-ic
pertaining to
-idle
having a particular quality
-in
chemical, pertaining to
-ine
pertaining to
-ing
quality of
-ion
process
-ism
condition
-ist
one who specializes
agent
-ive
nature of, quality of
-ity
condition
-kinesia
motion
-kinesis
motion
-lalia
to talk
-lemma
a sheath, rind
-lepsy
seizure
-lexia
diction
-liter
liter
-lith
stone
-logy
study of
-lymph
clear fluid
-lysis
destruction to
seperate
-malacia
softening
-mania
madness
-megaly
enlargement, large
-meter
instrument to measure
-metry
measurement
-mnesia
memory
-morph
form, shape
-noia
mind
-oid
resemble
-ole
opening
-oma
tumor
-omion
shoulder
-on
pertaining to
-one
hormone
-opia
eye, vision
-opsia
eye, vision
-opsy
to view
-or
one who, a doer
-ory
like, resemble
-orexia
appetite
-ose
like
-osis
condition
-ous
pertaining to
-pathy
disease
-penia
lack of, deficiency
-pepsia
to digest
-pexy
surgical fixation
-phagia
to eat
-phasia
to speak
-pheresis
removal
-phil
attraction
-philia
attraction
-phobia
fear
-phoresis
to carry
-phragm
a fence
-phraxis
to obstruct
-phylaxis
protection
-physis
growth
-plakia
plate
-plasia
formation, produce
-plasm
a thing formed, plasma
-plasty
surgical repair
-plegia
stroke, paralysis
-pnea
breathing
-poiesis
formation
-praxia
action
-ptosis
prolapse, drooling
-ptysis
to spit
-puncture
to pierce
-rrhage
to burst forth
-rrhagia
to burst forth
-rrhaphy
suture
-rrhea
flow, discharge
-rrhexis
rupture
-scope
instrument
-scopy
to view, examine
-sepsis
decay
-sis
condition
-some
body
-spasm
tension, spasm, contraction
-stalsis
contraction
-stasis
control stopping
-staxis
dripping, trickling
-sthenia
strength
-stomy
new opening
-systole
contraction
-taxia
order
-therapy
treatment
-thermy
heat
-tic
pertaining to
-tome
instrument to cut
-tomy
incision
-tone
tension
-troph(y)
nourishment, development
-trophy
nourishment, development
-ure
process
-um
tissue
-uria
urine
-y
condition, pertaining to
process

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