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Ch 2: Suffixes, Prefixes & Roots in Medical Terminology

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Review medical suffixes, prefixes and root words with this collection of engaging and convenient study tools. This mobile-friendly chapter is designed to help you prepare for exams, improve your grades, get ahead in class or simply refresh your knowledge of common medical terms.

Suffixes, Prefixes & Roots in Medical Terminology - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter define and explain common suffixes, prefixes and word roots that are commonly used in medical terminology. As you work through the chapter, you'll evaluate suffixes, prefixes and roots related to position, time, color, symptoms, diseases, procedures and much more. Ask our expert instructors questions if they arise and take the accompanying lesson quizzes to make sure you fully understand these medical terms. The chapter is available 24/7 and accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Understand medical prefixes that indicate size, amount, time, negation and position
  • Outline medical prefixes relating to inside, outside, front, behind, above, below and around directions
  • Recognize special medical prefixes
  • Identify commonly confused medical word roots
  • Define medical root words that indicate color
  • Evaluate medical suffixes for signs, symptoms, diseases, conditions, procedures and other medical nouns

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Suffixes, Prefixes & Roots in Medical Terminology
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Medical Prefixes to Indicate Size

1. Medical Prefixes to Indicate Size

We will get familiar with medical prefixes that are used to indicate size in this lesson. This lesson will also contain examples of how these prefixes are used.

Medical Prefixes to Indicate Amount

2. Medical Prefixes to Indicate Amount

This lesson will cover the prefixes that are used to define amounts in medical terminology. We will study these prefixes by looking at ones with the same meaning and opposite meaning.

Time & Negation in Medical Prefixes

3. Time & Negation in Medical Prefixes

This lesson is going to cover the prefixes that specify time in medical terminology. We will also look at the prefixes that negate the meaning of a medical term.

Medical Prefixes for Position & Special Prefixes

4. Medical Prefixes for Position & Special Prefixes

In this lesson, we are going to discuss the prefixes that let you know the position of the subject in the medical term. We will also learn prefixes that don't fit into any particular category.

Medical Prefixes to Indicate Inside or Outside

5. Medical Prefixes to Indicate Inside or Outside

Learn all about the different prefixes that can be used to describe inside or outside structures of the body. We will go over examples of using the different prefixes.

Medical Prefixes to Indicate Front, Behind, Above, Below & Around

6. Medical Prefixes to Indicate Front, Behind, Above, Below & Around

We will cover many prefixes that are used to indicate locations. The prefixes for front, behind, above, below and around will be discussed in this lesson.

Medical Word Roots Indicating Color

7. Medical Word Roots Indicating Color

We are going to learn the various terms that are used to describe color in medical terminology. We will discuss the two different ways in which these terms are used.

Medical Suffixes for Signs & Symptoms

8. Medical Suffixes for Signs & Symptoms

This lesson covers the suffixes that are used in medical terminology to describe the signs and symptoms that are seen in the body when a disease or condition is present. We will go over examples of each suffix.

Medical Suffixes for Diseases

9. Medical Suffixes for Diseases

This lesson covers the medical suffixes that are used when naming diseases. We will look at some examples of different diseases that use the various suffixes that we will be discussing.

Medical Suffixes for Conditions

10. Medical Suffixes for Conditions

This lesson will cover the various suffixes that are used in medical terminology in order to describe conditions that are happening in the body. We will look at examples for each suffix.

Suffixes for Medical Procedures

11. Suffixes for Medical Procedures

This lesson will cover the most commonly used suffixes that describe procedures that are performed on the body. We will also look at some examples of terms that use the suffixes.

Noun Suffixes in Medical Terminology

12. Noun Suffixes in Medical Terminology

This lesson is going to cover the many noun suffixes that are used in medical terminology. We will look at examples and see how some can be used interchangeably.

Commonly Confused Word Roots in Medical Terminology

13. Commonly Confused Word Roots in Medical Terminology

We are going to look at some of the most common word roots that are often confused in medical terminology. We will look at how they are used and some common examples.

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