Common medical terminology. Suffix, prefix, and root words.

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Prefixes, roots, suffixes  [ L ]

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. 
: central part of a word.     
:  The ending part of a word that modifies the meaning of the word. Example: homeless. Root = 'home' and the suffix is 'less'. It can also refer to a condition, disease, disorder, or procedure.    

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Medical Term
arrow   Meaning
-labile arrow   unstable, perishable
labi/o arrow   lip
lacrim/o arrow   tear; tear duct; lacrimal duct 
lact/o arrow   milk
lal/o, -lalia arrow   speech, babble
lamin/o arrow   lamina
lampr/o arrow   clear 
lapar/o arrow   abdominal wall; abdomen 
-lapse arrow   to slide, fall, sag 
laryng/o arrow   larynx (voice box) 
later/o arrow   side
lecith/o arrow   yolk, ovum 
lei/o arrow   smooth 
leiomy/o arrow   smooth (visceral) muscle 
-lemma arrow   sheath; covering 
lepid/o arrow   plakes, scales
lepr/o arrow   leprosy
-lepsy arrow   seizure
lept/o arrow   thin, slender 
-leptic arrow   to seize, take hold of 
leth/o arrow   death
leuk/o arrow   white
levo- arrow   left 
lex/o arrow   word; phrase 
-lexia arrow   word; phrase 
lien/o arrow   spleen
ligament/o arrow   ligament
ligat/o arrow   binding, tying
lim/o arrow   hunger
lingu/o arrow   tongue
lip/o arrow   fat; lipid 
-lipsis arrow   omit, fail 
-listhesis arrow   slippage e.g. vertebral slippage conditions
lith/o arrow   stone, calculus   
-(o)lithiasis arrow  Compound suffix:  condition or presence of stones
-lithotomy arrow   incision (for removal) of a stone 
lob/o arrow   lobe
logad/o arrow   whites of the eyes
-logist arrow   specialist
log/o arrow   study
-logy arrow   study (process of) 
loph/o arrow   ridge 
lord/o arrow   curve; swayback 
lox/o arrow   oblique, slanting 
-lucent arrow   to shine 
lumb/o arrow   lower back; loin 
lumin/o arrow   light
lute/o arrow   yellow
lux/o arrow   to slide 
lymph/o arrow   lymph
ly/o arrow   to dissolve, loosen 
lymphaden/o arrow   limph gland (node) 
lymphangi/o arrow   lymph vessel 
-lysis arrow   breakdown; separation; destruction; loosening 
-lytic arrow   to reduce, destroy, separate; breakdown 
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