Prefixes  Suffixes

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Medical Prefixes

Learning medical prefixes need not be that difficult. Oh, sure, you can look over the list below and try to memorize them, but...


...that could take ages and it would certainly involve a lot of hard work on your part, right?

Well, what if I intimated that there was a faster and easier way to learn medical prefixes... would you be interested?

Great!

Now, for those who aren't interested in knowing how to learn medical prefixes quickly and easily, just skip down to the prefix list below and start memorizing... I wish you good luck.

OK!

Now that they're gone ;-) let's get down to the business of learning these medical prefixes. Before I reveal the method that makes learning the prefixes used in medicine a breeze, (well, almost a breeze) I want to ask you a quick question.

Do you remember how you learned your ABC's?

If you were like most kids (and the last I knew future doctors and nurses were like most kids) you probably learned your ABC's by using a song to help you.

You remember, don't you? Sure you do... cause the song just popped into your head... Aaa bee cee dee eee eff gee, aich eye jay kay el em en oh pee... right?

Well, maybe not, but you've probably guessed by now the method I recommend for learning these medical prefixes. Set some of the prefixes below to the tune of "Row Your Boat."

"Row Your Boat" works well because you can add to it as much as you like and keep it going as long as you like.

Now, after you've stopped laughing at the above suggestion, I encourage you to give it a try. After all, it worked for your ABC's, and learning a long list of items hasn't changed all that much since then, has it?

The following list of medical prefixes are for the letters A through C. The other letters are found on pages within this site.


Prefix Meaning
a
an
ab
abdomin
acanth
acetabul
acous
acro
acromi
actin
acu
ad
aden
adip
adren(al)
aer(a/o)
af
agglutin
agora
alb(in)
albumin
alges
alveol
ambly
amni
amyl
an
ana
andro(s)
aneurysm
angi
anis
ankyl
ante
anter
anthrac
anthro
anti
anxi
aort
apo
apo(neur)
append(ic)
aque
arter(i)
arteriol
arthr
articul
asbest
atel
ather
atri
audi(t)
aur(icul)
auto
axill
azot
bacill
bacteri
balano
baro
bartholin
baso
bi
bio
bil
bilirubin
blepharo
bolo / balo
brachi
brachy
broncho
bronchio
bronchiolo
bucco
burso
byssino/sis
caco
calco
calcaneo
calcio
calio
capillar
capno
carcino
cardio
carpo
cata
caudo
causo
cautero
ceco
celio
cephalo
cerebello
cerebro
cerumino
cervico
cheilo
chemo
chiro
chloro
chlorhydro
chole
cholangio
cholecysto
choledocho
cholesterolo
chondro
choreo
chorio
choriono
choroido
chromo
chrono
chymo
cibo
cineo
cirrho
ciso
claustro
claviculo
coagulo
coccygo
cochleo
colo
colla
colono
colpo
comato
comio
con
conio
conjunctivo
contra
coro
coreo
corneo
corono
corporo
cortico
costo
cranio
craso
crino
cryo
crypto
culdo
cutaneo
cyano
cyclo
cysto
cyto
no, not, opposite
no, not, without, opposite
away from
abdomen
thorny, prickly
acetabulum - hip socket
hearing
top, extreme point, extremities
acromion - shoulder bone extension
light
sharp, sudden and severe
toward
gland
fat
adrenal gland
air
toward
sticking together, clump
marketplace
white
protein
pain sensitivity or awareness
air sac
dull, not easily seen
amnion - sac surrounding embryo
starch
anus
up - sometimes backward or new
male
widening of blood vessel
vessel (blood)
unequal
stiff
before, forward
front
coal
human
against
anxiety, uneasiness
aorta - largest heart artery
away from, off
aponeurosis - type of tendon
appendix
water
artery
small artery
joint
joint
asbestos
incomplete, not finished
plaque (fatty substance)
atrium (upper heart chamber)
hearing
ear
self, own
armpit
urea, nitrogen
bacilli (bacteria)
bacteria
penis
pressure and / or weight
Bartholin glands
base
two
life
bile - gall
bilirubin (formally hematoidin)
eyelid
cast - throw - toss
arm
short
bronchial tube
bronchial tube
bronchiole
cheek
bursa (sac of fluid near joints)
cotton dust / brown lung disease
bad / evil
calcium
calcaneus (heel bone)
calcium
calyx
capillary (smallest blood vessel)
carbon dioxide
cancer - cancerous
heart
wrist bones
down
lower part of body - tail
burn
heat - burn
cecum (part of colon)
hernia
head
cerebellum (exterior part of brain)
cerebrum (largest part of brain)
cerumen
neck or cervix (neck of the uterus)
lip
chemical - drug
hand
green
hydrochloric acid
bile - gall
bile - vessel
gallbladder
bile duct
cholesterol
cartilage
dance
chorion = outermost fetus membrane
chorion
choroid layer of eye
color
time
to pour
meal
movement
yellowish color
to cut
enclosed space
clavicle = collar bone
coagulation or clotting
coccyx = tail bone
cochlea = inner part of ear
colon = large intestine
glue
colon = large intestine
vagina
deep sleep
care for
together - with
dust
conjuctiva = eyelid lines
against - opposite
pupil
pupil
cornea
heart - crown
body
cortex - outer region
rib
skull
mixture - temperament
to secrete
cold
hidden
cul-de-sac
skin
blue
ciliary - cycle - circle
urinary bladder = cyst = sac of fluid
cell




The following pages contain more medical prefixes in an alphabetical listing. If you come up with a better way to learn these prefixes feel free to pass it on.