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[ 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

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[ 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.

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Medical Terminology Reference

Use this reference to see how common medical terms are created using the various prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

rectal

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: rect/o
1st Root Definition: rectum
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -al
Suffix Definition: pertaining to
Definition: pertaining to the rectum

relapse

Prefix: re-
Prefix Definition: back; again; backward
1st Root Word:
1st Root Definition:
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -lapse
Suffix Definition: to slide; fall; sag
Definition: fall back from improvement

respiration

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: respir/o
1st Root Definition: breath
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -ation
Suffix Definition: process; condition
Definition: process of breathing

resuscitation

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: resuscit/o
1st Root Definition: to revive
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -ation
Suffix Definition: process; condition
Definition: process of reviving someone from death or unconsciousness

retinoblastoma

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: retin/o
1st Root Definition: retina
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -blastoma
Suffix Definition: immature tumor (cells)
Definition: cancerous tumor of the retina

rhinoplasty

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: rhin/o
1st Root Definition: nose
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -plasty
Suffix Definition: surgical repair
Definition: surgical repair of the nose