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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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Medical Terminology Reference – U

-ule   little; small
uln/o   ulna (middle lower arm bone)
ul/o   scar, scarring
ultra-   beyond; excess
-um   structure; tissue; thing
umbilic/o   umbilicus (navel)
ungu/o   nail
uni-   one
uran/o   palate
-uresis   urination
ur/o   urine; urinary tract
ureter/o   ureter
urethr/o   urethra
-uria   urination; condition of urine
uric/o   urine condition
urin/o   urine
-us   structure; thing
uter/o   uterus (womb)
uve/o   uvea, vascular layer of eye (iris, choroid, ciliary body)
uvul/o   uvula

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


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