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Glossary of Basic Word Structure 2

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what are the five possible parts to a medical word?
prefix suffix combining vowel combining form root
describe prefix
comes before the root
describe suffix
comes after the root
root
foundation
o
combining vowel
combining vowels do what?
link the root to the suffix or
link the root to the root
What is the combining form?
two root words and two combining vowels in one word
-ac
pertaining to
-al
pertaining to
-ary
pertaining to
-centesis
surgical puncture to remove fluid
-desis
bind tie together
-graphy
writing process of recording
-itis
inflammation
-lysis
breaking down setting free seperation destruction
-malacia
abnormal softening
-megaly
large great
-ologist
specialist
-osis
disease abnormal condition
-ostomy
surgically creating a mouth or opening
-otomy
incision cutting
-pathy
disease suffering feeling emotion
-pexy
surgical fixation to put in place

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