Basic medical terminology is used to precisely describe the human body components, processes, illnesses, medical procedures, and pharmacology. Medical terms are used in the field of medicine, and clinical settings. This section deals with all med terms beginning with the letter M, and features a med term prefix list along with roots and suffixes.

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This section was developed for ‘speed learning‘ of medical terminology. Start by reviewing the meanings for a block of medical terms, and then go back and choose a previous term randomly and try to recall the meaning of that particular medical term before hovering over the term to determine the answer. These frequent mini-tests will accelerate the learning process and in a relatively short period of time, you will be able to quickly recall the meaning of all of the listed medical terms. This method of learning is superior to flash cards because of the frequent exposure and testing of your recall.

macro-   large
mal-   bad
-malacia   softening
malleol/o   malleolus
mamm/o   breast
mandibul/o   mandible (lower jaw bone)
-mania   obsessive preoccupation
-masesis   mastication, chewing
mast/o   breast
mastoid/o   mastoid process (behind the ear)
maxill/o   maxilla (upper jaw bone)
meat/o   meatus (opening)
medi/o   middle
medic/o   to heal, healing
mediastin/o   mediastinum
medi/o   middle
medull/o   medulla (inner section); middle; soft, marrow
mega-   large
-megaly   enlargement
melan/o   black
mel/o   limb, limbs
men/o   menses; menstruation
mening/o   meninges (membranes covering the spinal cord & brain)
meningi/o   meninges
ment/o   mind; chin
mer/o   part
meso-   middle
meta-   change; beyond
metacarp/o   metacarpals (hand bones)
metatars/o   metatarsals (foot bones)
-meter   measure
method/o   procedure, technique
metr/o   uterus (womb); measure
metri/o   uterus (womb)
-metry   process of measuring
mi/o   smaller; less
micro-   small
-mimesis   imitation, simulation
-mimetic   mimic; copy
-mission   to send
-mnesia   memory
mogi-   difficult
mon/o   one; single
morph/o   shape; form
mort/o   death
-mortem   death
-motor   movement
muc/o   mucus
mucos/o   mucous membrane (mucosa)
multi-   many
muscul/o   muscle
mut/a   genetic change
mutagen/o   causing genetic change
my/o   muscle
myc/o   fungus
mydr/o   wide
myel/o   spinal cord; bone marrow
myocardi/o   myocardium (heart muscle)
myom/o   muscle tumor
myos/o   muscle
myring/o   tympanic membrane (eardrum)
myx/o   mucus

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