Ch 6: Formation of Medical Terms

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The lessons in this chapter were put together by subject-matter experts as an aid for enhancing your understanding of the formation of medical terms. See the methods that have been used for creating medical words.

Formation of Medical Terms - Chapter Summary

Our experts make it easy for you to learn the concepts behind the formation of medical terms. Take a look at prefixes and suffixes that are easily confused and learn the most common resources for medical words. Lesson material covers:

  • Analysis of the parts of a medical term to determine its meaning
  • Medical terminology prefixes, roots, and suffixes that are often confused
  • Formation of medical terms
  • Resources for medical terminology

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6 Lessons in Chapter 6: Formation of Medical Terms
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Determining a Medical Word's Meaning Based on Its Parts

1. Determining a Medical Word's Meaning Based on Its Parts

Medical terms are often visually confusing, but can be deciphered based on the meaning of their roots, suffixes, and prefixes. Learn how medical terms can be defined using their parts through several examples.

Commonly Confused Prefixes in Medical Terminology

2. Commonly Confused Prefixes in Medical Terminology

Certain prefixes in medical terminology are structurally similar, but have very different or even opposite meanings. Identify the distinctions between 'ab' & 'ad', 'ante' & 'anti', 'brachy' & 'brady', 'semi' 'para' & 'semi', 'inter' & 'intra', and 'peri' & 'pre' when used in medical phrasing.

Commonly Confused Word Roots in Medical Terminology

3. Commonly Confused Word Roots in Medical Terminology

Certain medical word roots can be easily confused due to their similar appearances, but different meanings. Understand this concept through examples of the following word roots: 'cephal, cereb, and cerebell'; 'cyst and cyt'; 'my, myc, and myel'; and 'pyel, py, and pyr.'

Commonly Confused Suffixes in Medical Terminology

4. Commonly Confused Suffixes in Medical Terminology

With all the terminology and suffixes used, it is easy to get terms confused in medicine. Learn to distinguish between the most commonly confused medical suffixes: -tomy suffixes; -gram, -graph, and -graphy; double r suffixes; and -st suffixes.

How Medical Terms are Formed

5. How Medical Terms are Formed

There is a special way that medical terms are formed, merging the prefix, suffix, and word root into a combined form. Learn more about how medical terms are formed and discover how to use them properly.

Medical Terminology Resources

6. Medical Terminology Resources

Medical terminology resources are widely available for personal use, academic studies and career development. Learn about the types of courses, tutorials and other medical terminology resource options.

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