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List of med term roots beginning with D

Med term roots beginning with the letter D

Medical terminology is composed of a prefix, root word, and suffix. It is used to precisely describe the human body components, processes, illnesses, medical procedures, and pharmacology. Medical terminology is used in the field of medicine, medical school classes, and clinical settings. This section deals with all med term roots beginning with the letter D.

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dacry/o   tear
dacryoaden/o   tear gland
dacryocyst/o   tear sac; lacriman sac
dactyl/o   fingers; toes
de-   lack of; down; less; removal of
dem/o   people
dent/i   tooth
derm/o   skin
-derma   skin
dermat/o   skin
desicc/o   drying
-desis   to bind; tie together
dextr/o   right
dia-   complete; through
diaphor/o   sweat
-dilation   widening; stretching; expanding
dilat/o   to enlarge, expand
dipl/o   double
dips/o   thirst
dis-   apart, to separate
dist/o   far; distant
dolich/o   long
dolor/o   pain
dors/o   back (of body)
dorsi-   back
-dote   to give
-drome   to run
duct/o   to lead; carry
duoden/o   duodenum
dur/o   dura mater
dynam/o   power, strength
-dynia   pain
dys-   bad: painful: difficult: abnormal



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