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[ 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 – K

kal/i     potassium
kary/o   nucleus
kel/o   tumor, fibrous growth 
kerat/o   cornea; hard, horny tissue 
keraun/o   lightning 
kern-   nucleus (collection of nerve cells in the brain) 
ket/o   ketones; acetones 
keton/o   ketones; acetones 
kines/o     movement
kinesi/o   movement
-kinesis   movement
klept/o   to steal 
koil/o   hollow, concave, depressed
kraur/o   dry
kym/o   waves
kyph/o   humpback


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