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Glossary of Biology 101 Prefixes and Suffixes

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a, an-
not,without,no
ab-
from, away
ad-
to, forward
aden-
gland
amyl-
starch
ana-
up, upon
ante-
before
anti-
against, opposed to
aqua-
water
-ase
designates an enzyme
auto-
self
bi-
two, twice
-bio-
life
cata-
down
chrom-
color
chron-
time

co, con, com-
with, together
-cyte, cyto-
cell
de-
away
di-
two, twice
dia-
throuh, across
diplo-
double
dyn-
force
-ectomy
removal of
-emia
of blood
endo-
in, into
extra-, exo-
outside of, beyond
gastr-
stomach
-gen-
to produce, begin, origin
glyc-
sugar, sweet
-graph
write, record
hem-
half
hetero-
different, other
hom-
same, alike
hydro-
water
hyper-
over, more than
hypo-
below, less than normal
iter-
between, together
intra-
within
iso-
equal to
-itis
inflammation
kin-
to move, activate
lys-
-lysis
-lytic

break down
macro-
large
mal-
bad
meta-
after, beyond
-meter
-metry
measure
micro-
small
mono-
one
nephr-
kidney
neur-
nerve
-oid
like, similar
-oma
swelling, tumor
-osis
condition, process
peri-
around
phago-
to eat
-phil-
loving
-phobic
fearful, avoiding
-phor
to carry
-plasma-
substance
-pod
foot
poly-
many
pro-
before, giving rise to
proto-
first
pseudo-
false
-soma-
-some
body
synth-
make
-therm-
heat
trans-
across, by way of
tri-
three
xen-
stranger
-zoa
animal
homo-
alike, same

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