GlobalRPh Medical Terminology Section

Prefixes and Suffixes Medical Terminology

Prefixes for Measurement 




hyperlipemia (an excessive or above normal level of blood fats)



Under, below, beneath, less than normal.

hypoxemia (less than normal blood oxygen level)



Under, below, beneath, less than normal.

hypoglycemia (less than normal blood sugar)





multipara (to bear many “children”)prefixes for measurement



Many, much.

polyarthritis (inflammation of many joints)

polyuria (the excretion of large amounts of [much] urine)





Increasing your understanding of medical terminology

Word Building Reference– This resource strengthens your understanding of medical terminology. See how common medical terms are created using the various prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

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Medical Terminology Intuitive Section Prefixes for Measurement- prefixes denoting measurement
This section was developed for ‘speed learning’ of medical terminology.

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Additional references:

Prefixes denoting numbers
Prefixes denoting position and/or direction
Prefixes denoting measurement
Medical Terminology Noun Suffixes
Combining forms for color
Common Prefixes
Adjective Suffixes
Specialties and specialists med terms
Instruments, surgical, and diagnostic procedures
Negative prefixes
Common suffixes

Quick Introduction– provides an overview and introduction to medical terminology.
Medical Terms – rules governing singular versus plural versions of medical terms are described.