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Glossary of Suffixes (pertaining to surgical procedures)

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-centesis
S
surgical puncture to aspirate or remove fluid
-ectomy
S
excision (surgical removal or cutting out)
-lysis
S
process of loosening, freeing, or destorying
-pexy
S
surgical fixation
-plasty
S
surgical repair
-rrhaphy
S
suture (uniting a wound by stitches)
-scopy
S
visual examination w/ a lighted instrument (this is not always a surgical procedure)
-stomy
S
formation of an opening
-tome
S
an instrument used for cutting
-tomy
S
incision (cutting into tissue)
-tripsy
S
surgical crushing

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