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Glossary of Medical Terminology Chapter 2 Suffixes

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-algia
-dynia
pain
-genesis
origin
production
-lysis
breaking down
dissolution
-megaly
enlargement
-oid
resembling
-penia
abnormal reduction
-rrhea
discharge
-spasm
involuntary contraction
-cele
pouching
hernia
-ectasis
expansion
dilation
-emia
blood condition
-iasis
formation
presence of
-itis
inflammation
-malacia
softening
-oma
tumor
-osis
condition or increase
-phil
-philia
attraction for
-ptosis
falling
downward displacement
-rrhage
-rrhagia
to burst forth
-rrhexis
rupture
-centesis
puncture for aspiration
-desis
binding
-ectomy
excision or removal
-pexy
suspension
fixation
-plasty
surgical repair
reconstruction
-rrhaphy
suture
-tomy
incision
-stomy
creation of an opening
-tripsy
crushing
-e
noun marker
-ia
-ism
condition of
-ium
structure or tissue
-ation
-y
condtion or process of
-ac
-al
-ar
-ary
pertaining to
-eary
-eal
pertaining to
-ic
pertaining to
-ous
pertaining to
-tic
pertaining to
-icle
-iole
-ula
-ule
small
-gram
record
-graph
instrument for recording
-graphy
process of recording
-iatrics
-iatry
treatment
-logy
study of
-logist
one who specializes in the study or treatment of
-ist
one who specializes in
-meter
instrument for measuring
-metry
process of measuring
-poiesis
formation
-scope
instrument for examination
-scopy
examination
-statis
stop or stand

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