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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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Med terms H- medical roots, prefixes-suffixes

Medical terminology is used in the field of medicine, and clinical settings. This section deals with all med terms beginning with a letter 'H', and features a medical prefix, medical term root and suffix for each.

half   demi, hemi, semi
hallucin/o   hallucination
hapl/o   simple, single
helc/o   ulcer
heli/o   sun
-helminth   worm
hem/o   blood
hemat/o   blood
hemi-   half
hemoglobin/o   hemoglobin
hepat/o   liver
heredo-   heredity
herni/o   hernia
-hexia   habit
hidr/o   sweat
hirsut/o   hairy
hirund/i   leech
hist/o   tissue
histi/o   tissue
holo-   entire, complete
home/o   sameness; unchanging; constant
hormon/o   hormone
hymen/o   hymen
humer/o   humerus
hydr/o   water
hygr/o   moisture
hyper-   above; excessive
hypn/o   sleep
hypo-   deficient; below; under; less than normal
hypophys/o   pituitary gland
hypothalam/o   hypothalamus
hypsi-   high
hyster/o   uterus; womb

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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