Medical prefixes are added to the beginning of a word root to modify its meaning.
- hepatic means pertaining to the liver.
- add the prefix sub to create subhepatic.
- now it means pertaining to under the liver.
Rhabdomyolysis is being used more often lately; moreover, it’s a great example of how word parts are used to create a medical term. For these two reasons, it seems a good time to take a closer look at this interesting word.
When studying obstetrics and neonatology, students often have questions about combining forms relating to childbirth.
Recently in class, we looked at the following combining forms and their definitions:
nat/o – birth
par/o, part/o – bear, give birth to, labor, childbirth
puerper/o – childbirth Read more >>
The word root is the basic core of all medical terms built from Greek and Latin word parts. Prefixes and suffixes may be added to the word root to alter the meaning of the term. All medical terms have at least one word root.
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Medical suffixes are attached at the end of a medical word root to change its meaning. Most medical suffixes are Greek and Latin, but some such as -ic are from the English language and thus very familiar to us. Suffixes indicate medical tests, and conditions, procedures.
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The meaning of brady/cardi/a can be found by looking at its word parts.
brady means slow, cardi means heart, (a is a suffix with no meaning) therefore bradycardia means slow heart rate (fewer than 60 beats per minute).
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