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Glossary of Medical Terms - Suffixes

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-algia
pain
-ase
enzyme
-cele
hernia - protrusion of an organ through its containing wall
-centesis
procedure to aspirate fluid
-ectomy
excision or removal
-edema
swelling
-emesis
vomiting
-ectasia/-ectasis
dilation
-emia
blood
-genesis/-genic
beginning/producing
-iasis/-ism
condition
infra-
beneath
-itis
inflammation
-ist
one who
-ium
membrane
-lysis/-lytic
loosing/freeing/breaking apart
-oma
tumor
-opia
vision
-ose
sugar
-malacia
softening
-megaly
enlargement
-pathy
disease or abnormality
-phagia
eating or swallowing
-phasia
speech
-penia
deficiency
-pexy
surgical fixation
-phobia
abnormal fear
-plasty
surgical repair
-plegia
paralysis
-kinesia/kinesis
movement/motion
-rrjage/-rrhagia
excessive bleeding
-rrhea
flow or discharge
-rrhaphy
suture
-rrhexis
rupture
-tripsy
surgical crushing
-trophy
nutrition
-sclerosis
hardening
-stasis
stopping

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