Medical Suffixes for Signs & Symptoms


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The suffix that means excessive pain is _______.

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1. Which suffix can replace the suffix in the term 'lumbalgia' and still keep the same meaning for the term?

2. What is happening to the nose in the term 'rhinorrhea'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The suffix of a medical term is located at the end of the word, and this quiz/worksheet combination will assess your understanding of the many suffixes used in medical terminology. Some suffixes you could be quizzed on include the definitions of -rrhea, -rrhage, and -algia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this test, you will be assessed on:

  • The suffix that defines 'excessive pain'
  • Different suffixes that share the same meaning
  • The suffix that means 'discharge'
  • The suffix that means 'deficiency'

Skills Practiced

This assessment and worksheet will help students gain the following skill sets:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about medical suffixes that describe signs and symptoms of illness and interpret the correct suffix definitions
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as -itis, -penia, -rrhea, -rrhage, -lysis, -spasm, -algia, and -agra
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the similar, yet different, definitions of -algia/-dynia and -agra
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about signs and symptoms of illness by correctly defining medical suffixes

Additional Learning

To learn more about terminology that describes the signs and symptoms of illness, review the accompanying lesson on Medical Suffixes for Signs & Symptoms. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Define suffix and find examples of when suffixes are used in medical terminology
  • Identify suffixes indicating signs of illness and define them
  • Identify suffixes indicating symptoms and define them
  • Differentiate between medical suffixes that mean the same thing
  • Know the medical suffixes that have similar, yet different, meanings