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Glossary of Medical Terminology - Scanlon and Sanders - Suffixes

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-ac
pertaining to
-al
pertaining to
-an, -ian
characteristics of, pertaining to, beloning to
-ar
relating to
-ary
relating to, connected with
-ase
enzyme
-atresia
abnormal closure
-blast
grow, produce
-cele
swelling, tumor
-centesis
puncture of a cavity
-cide
kill
-clast
destroy, break down
-desis
bindng, stabilizing, fusion
-dipsia
thirst
-dynia
pain
-ectasia, -ectasis
expansion
-ectomy
excision, cutting out
-emia
pertaining to blood
-form
structure
-gen
producing
-genesis
production of, origin of
-globin
protein
-gram
record, writing
-graph
an instrument for making records
-ia
condition
-iasis
diseased condition
-ic
pertaining to
-ile
having qualities of
-ism
condition, process
-ist
practitioner, specialist
-itis
inflammation
-lepsy
seizure
-lith
stone, crystal
-logy
study of
-lysis
break down
-megaly
enlargement
-meter
a measureing instrument
-ness
state of, quality
-oid
the apperance of
-ole
small, little
-oma
tumor
-opia
eye
-ory
pertaining to
-ose
having qualities of
-osis
state, condition, action, process
-ostomy
cut into
-ous
pertaining to
-pathy
disease
-penia
lack of, deficiency
-philia
love of, tendency
-phobia
an abnormal fear
-plasia
growth
-plasty
formation, repair
-plegia
paralysis
-poiesis
production
-ptosis
dropping, falling
-rrhea
discharge, flow
-scope
instrument to examine
-spasm
involuntary conraction
-stasis
to be still, control, stop
-sthenia
strength
-stomy
surgical opening
-taxia
muscle coordination
-tension
pressure
-tropic
turning toward
-tic
pertaining to
-tomy
incision, cut into
-tripsy
crush
-ula, -ule
small, little
-uria
urine
-y
condition, process
-trophic
related to nutrition or growth

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