Unlock the Definition of Terms by Knowing Medical Suffixes
Take the Medical Suffixes Quiz or read the information below first, then take it.
Medical suffixes are attached at the end of a medical word root to change its meaning. Most medical suffixes are from Greek and Latin, but some such as -ic are from the English language and thus very familiar to us. Suffixes indicate medical tests, conditions, procedures.
Let’s look at the commonly used medical term gastr/itis.
gastr– is the word root for stomach
-itis is the suffix for inflammation
gastr/itis means inflammation of the stomach – a medical condition
Now we can add other suffixes to gastr- and see how the meaning changes.
gastr/o/scopy – visual examination of the stomach – a medical test
gastr/o/plasty – surgical repair of the stomach – a surgical treatment
Lastly, let’s exchange the word root gastr for arthr meaning joint, and now we have three new terms that can easily be translated to find their meanings.
arthr/itis – inflammation of a joint
arthr/o/scopy – visual examination of a joint
arthr/o/plasty – surgical repair of a joint
I hope this information is helpful. Take the quiz as often as you like. Only you see your quiz results. Feedback is provided and a review is located at the end of the quiz making it a good learning tool.
If using an iPad, use vertical view.
Check out the Word Part Video which gives more explanation about suffixes and other medical word parts.
Like this post? Share it with friends!