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Glossary of Handout 3: Glossary of Medical Combining Forms

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abdomino
abdomen
acro
extremity
adeno, aden
gland
aero, aer
air, gas
angio, angi
vessel
arterio
artery
arthro, arthr
joint
atrio
atrium of the heart
brady
slow
broncho
bronchus, bronchi
carcino
carcinoma
cardio, card
heart
celio
abdomen
cephal, cephalo
head
cheilo, cheil
lip
chole, chol, cholo
bile
chondro, chondr
cartilage
chordo
cord
colpo, colp
vagina
costo
rib
cranio
cranium, skull
cyano, cyan
blue
cysto, cyst, cysti, cystido
sac, bladder
cyto, cty
cell
dermato, dermat, derma, dermo
skin
lyso
breaking down, dissolution
duodeno
duodenum
encephalo
brain
entero, enter
intestines
episio
vulva
erythro
red
eu
normal
fibro
fibers
ganglio, gangli
ganglion
gastro, gastr
stomach
glosso, gloss
tongue
gluco
glucose
glyco
sugar
gyneco, gyn, gyne, gyno
woman
hem, hema, hemo, hemat, hemato
blood
hepato, hepat
liver
hydro, hydr
water
hystero
uterus
ileo
ileum
ilio
ilium, flank
jejuno
jejunum
kerato
cornea, horny tissue
laparo
flank, abdomen
laryngo
larynx
leuco, leuko
white
lipo
fat
litho, lith
stone, calculus
pharyngo
pharynx
macro
large, long
malaco
softening
mammo
breast
masto, mast
breast
melano
black

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