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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 – N

narc/o   numbness; stupor; sleep
nas/o   nose
nat/i   birth
natr/o   sodium
necr/o   death
nect/o   to bind, tie, connect 
neo-   new
nephr/o   kidney
neur/o   nerve
neutr/o   neither; neutral; neutrophil 
nid/o   nest
nine   noni-
noci-   to cause harm, injury or pain
noct/o   night
nod/o   knot 
-noia   mind, will 
nom/o   custom, law 
nomen-   name 
norm/o   rule; order 
nos/o   disease
nucle/o   nucleus
nulli-   none
nutri/o, nutrit/o   to nourish
nyct/o   night

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