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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 – V

vaccin/o   vaccine
vag/o   vagus nerve
vagin/o   vagina
valv/o   valve
valvul/o   valve
varic/o   varicose veins
vas/o   vessel; duct; vas deferens
vascul/o   vessel (blood)
ven/o   vein
ven/i   vein
vener/o   venereal (sexual contact)
ventil/o   to aerate, oxygenate
ventr/o   belly side of body
ventricul/o   ventricle (of heart or brain)
venul/o   venule (small vein)
verm/i   worm
verruc/i   wart
-verse   to turn
-version   to turn
vers/o, -verse   turn, turning
vertebr/o   vertebra (backbone)
vesic/o   urinary bladder
vesicul/o   seminal vesicle
vestibul/o   vestibule of the inner ear
vir/o   virus
viscer/o   internal organs
vit/o   life
vitr/o   vitreous body (of the eye)
vitre/o   glass
viv/o   life
-volemia   blood volume
volv/o, volut/o   to roll
vulv/o   vulva

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


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