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Medical TERMINOLOGY

[ 1 ] Quick Introduction.

[ 2 ] Word Building Reference: new icon   This is a great reference to help strengthen your understanding of medical terminology.   See how common medical terms are created using the various prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

[ 3 ]  Medical Terms – Singular versus plural rules

[ 4 ]  Medical Terminology Exams  new icon   Twenty new exams were created to test your knowledge of medical terminology.

[ 5 ]  Medical Terms – Prefixes, roots, suffixes (see links below)

Prefix: A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to modify or change its meaning. Pre means “before.” Prefixes may also indicate a location, number, or time.
Root: central part of a word.
Suffix: The ending part of a word that modifies the meaning of the word.
Example: cholecystitis. Root = ‘cholecyst/o’ -Definition: gallbladder and the suffix is ‘itis’ – Definition: inflammation. Translation: inflammation of the gallbladder.

Alphabetical Listing of Med Terms

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Medical Terminology Reference [ I ]

-ia   condition
-iac   pertaining to 
-iasis   abnormal condition 
iatr/o   physician; treatment 
-ic   pertaining to
-ical   pertaining to 
ichthy/o   dry; scaly 
-ician   specialist
-icle   small
ide/o   idea, mental images 
idi/o   unknown; individual; distinct 
ile/o   ileum
ili/o   ilium
immun/o   immune; protection; safe 
in-   in; into; not 
-in   a substance, chemical, chemical compound
-ine   a substance, chemical, chemical compound
-ine   pertaining to 
infra-   below; inferior to; beneath 
inguin/o   groin
insulin/o   insulin (pancreatic hormone) 
inter-   between
intra-   within; into 
iod/o   iodine
ion/o   ion; to wander 
-ion   process
-ior   pertaining to 
ipsi-   same
ir-   in
ir/o   iris (colored portion of eye) 
irid/o   iris (colored portion of eye) 
is/o   same; equal 
isch/o   to hold back; back 
ischi/o   ischium (part of hip bone) 
-ism   process; condition 
-ist   specialist
ithy-   erect, straight
-itis   inflammation
-ium   structure; tissue 
ixod/i   ticks 

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