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Glossary of noun suffixes

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algia-
pain

ex: arthralgia, otalgia, neuralgia, myalgia
-cele
hernia

ex: rectocele, cystocele
-centesis
surgical puncture to remove fluid
-coccus
berry-shaped bacterium (plural: bacteria)
-cyte
cell
-dynia
pain

ex: pleurodynia - pain in the pleural lining
-ectomy
excision, removal, resection
-emia
blood condition
-genesis
condition of producing, forming
-genic
pertaining to, producing, produced by or in
-gram
record

ex: electroencephalogram
-graphy
process of recording
-itis
inflamation of
-ology
study of
-lysis
breakdown, destruction, separation
-malacia
softening
-megaly
enlargement
-oma
tumor, mass, collection of fluid
-opsy
to view
-osis
condition , usally abnormal
-pathy
disease condition

ex: cardiomyopathy
-penia
deficiency
-phobia
fear of
-plasia
development, formation, growth
-plasty
surgical repair
-ptosis
drooping, sagging, prolapse
-scelerosis
hardening
-scope
instrument for visual examination
-scopy
process of visual examination
-stasis
stopping, controlling
-ostomy
opening to form a mouth (stoma)
-therapy
treatment
-tomy
incision, cut into
-trophy
nourishment, development
-er
one who
-ia
condition
-ist
one who specializes in
-ole
little, small
-ule
little, small
-um, -ium
structure, tissue, thing
-y
condition, process

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