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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.

umbilical

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: umbilic/o
1st Root Definition: umbilicus (navel)
2nd Root Word:
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Suffix: -al
Suffix Definition: pertaining to
Definition: pertaining to the navel

unilateral

Prefix: uni-
Prefix Definition: one
1st Root Word: later/o
1st Root Definition: side
2nd Root Word:
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Suffix: -al
Suffix Definition: pertaining to
Definition: pertaining to one side

urologist

Prefix: uro-
Prefix Definition: urine; urinary system
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2nd Root Word:
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Suffix: -logist
Suffix Definition: specialist
Definition: specialist of the urinary system

urology

Prefix: uro-
Prefix Definition: urine; urinary system
1st Root Word:
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2nd Root Word:
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Suffix: -logy
Suffix Definition: study (process of)
Definition: study of the urinary system