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Glossary of Chiropractic Root Words

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chondr/o - malacia
chondromalacia
cartilage - softening
softening of any cartilage
ischi/o - vertebr/o - al
ischiovertebral
ischium - vertebrae - pertaining to, relating to
relating to the ischium and the vertebral column
peri - oste/o - myel/o - itis
periosteomyelitis
around, about, near - bone - bone marrow - inflammation
inflammation of the entire bone, with the periosteum and marrow
supra - pub/o - ic
suprapubic
above - pubic bone - pertaining to, relating to
above the pubic bone
acromi/o - clavicul/o - ar
acromioclavicular
acromion - clavicle - pertaining to, relating to
relating to the acromion and the clavicle; denoting the articulation and ligaments between the clavicle and the acromion of the scapula
scoli/o
crooked
cost/o - vertebr/o - al

costovertebral
ribs - vertebrae - pertaining to, relating to

relating to the ribs and the bodies of the thoracic vertebrae with which they articulate
ischi/o - vertebr/o - al

ischiovertebral
ischium - vertebrae - pertaining to, relating to

relating to the ischium and vertebral column
oste/o - arthr/o - itis

osteoarthritis
bone - joint - inflammation of

arthritis characterized by erosion of articular cartilage, either primary or secondary to trauma or other conditions
para - esthesia

paresthesia
abnormal - perdception, feeling

an abnormal sensation, such as of burning, pricking, tickling, or tingling
peri - oste/o - myel/o - itis

periosteomyelitis
around, about, near - bone - bone marrow - inflammation

inflammation of the entire bone, with the periosteum and marrow
stern/o - cleid/o - mastoid

sternocleidomastoid
sternum - clavicle - relating to mastoid process

relating to sternum, clavicle, and mastoid process
super - genu - al

supergenual
above - knee - pertaining to, relating to

above the knee or any genu
supra - pub/o - ic

suprapubic
above - pubic bone - pertaining to, relating to

above the pubic bone

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