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- attached to the beginning of a word. It usually, but not always,
- indicates location, time, number, or status. A common prefix is dys-, meaning painful or difficult.
- The suffix is attached to the end of a word.
- It usually, but not always, indicates the procedure, condition,
- disorder, or disease. A common suffix is –itis, meaning inflammation.
The word root usually, but not always, indicates the part of the body involved.
The combining form is created by adding the letter "o" to the end of a word root. As its name suggests, the combining form allows a root word to be combined with other word roots, combining forms, or suffixes to make the medical term. A common word root is splen, which means spleen. Adding the "o" at the end makes this a combining form, splen/o.
In addition to these word parts, you’ll also need to be aware
of terms that take unusual endings for when singular terms are made into plural terms. Physicians don't always get them right and might dictate them incorrectly or write them incorrectly in chart notes. So you’ll need to commit them to memory.
In addition to these word parts, you’ll also need to be aware of terms that take unusual endings for when singular terms are made into plural terms. Physicians don't always get them right and might dictate them incorrectly or write them incorrectly in chart notes. So you’ll need to commit them to memory.
Singular: os (mouth)
Singular: os (bone)
Singular: decubitus ulcer
Plural: decubitus ulcers (decubitus isn't a noun and has no plural form, so decubiti is incorrect)
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electronic health record : the patient's entire record will be available to those who have access
tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
transthoracic needle aspiration (among others)
brain natriuretic peptide or beta-type natriuretic peptide
The blood test BNP is used to test for heart failure, so if other heart lab results are before or after it, the abbreviation is probably BNP.
basic metabolic profile
the basic metabolic profile (BMP) consists of eight tests, and usually the word "normal" is not used to describe the results. Instead, the results of each test are given.
increased, or higher than normal
means decreased, or lower than normal.