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Medical terminology is composed of a prefix, root word, and suffix:
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.
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Alphabetical Listing of Med Terms

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Med terms F- med term prefix list

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, and clinical settings. This section deals with all med terms beginning with a letter F, and features a med term prefix list along with roots and suffixes.

faci/o   face
-facient   to cause, make happen
fasci/o   fascia (membrane supporting muscles)
febr/i   fever
femor/o   femur (thigh bone)
-ferent   to carry
ferr/i, ferr/o   iron
fet/o   fetus
fibr/o   fiber
fibros/o   fibrous connective tissue
fibul/o   fibula
-fication   process of making
-fida   split
fil/i, fil/o, filament/o   threat, threadlike
five   pent-, penta-, quinque-
flav/o   yellow
flex/o   to bend
fluor/o   luminous
follicul/o   follicle; small sac
fore-   before, in front
-form   resembling; in the shape of
four   quadri, tetra-
fovea/o   small pit or depression
frig/o, frigid/o   cold
funct/o   performance
fung/i   fungus; mushroom (organism lacking chlorophyll)
furc/o   forking; branching
fusc/o   dark brown
-fusion   to pour; to come together

For a quick overview and tutorial on medical terminology, check out our Introduction to Medical Terminology.

Also, please check out our Word Building Reference for great examples of how root words, suffixes, and prefixes are used to create common medical terms.


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