GlobalRPh Medical Terminology Section

Prefixes and Suffixes Medical Terminology

Adjective Suffixes


-ac

pertaining to cardiac (pertaining to the heart)

 

-al

pertaining to duodenal (pertaining to the duodenum)

 

-ar

pertaining to ventricular (pertaining to the ventricle)

 

-ary

pertaining to; relating to pulmonary (pertaining to the lungs)

 

-eal

pertaining to esophageal (pertaining to the esophagus)

 

-ic

pertaining to thoracic (pertaining to the thorax)

 

ical

pertaining to (-ical is the combination of ic al)

neurological (pertaining to the study of nerves)

 

-ile

pertaining to; capable

febrile (pertaining to fever)

 

-oid

resembling mucoid (resembling mucus)

 

-ory

pertaining to; characterized by auditory (pertaining to hearing)adjective suffixes

 

-ous

pertaining to venous (pertaining to veins)

 

-tic

pertaining to cyanotic (pertaining to blueness)


 

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 Medical Terminology with Adjective Suffixe
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.