2. Common Noun/Adjective Suffixes

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Penn Foster Introduction to Medical Terminology/Biochemistry Common Noun and Adjective Suffixes P. 10-12
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  1. -ALGIA
    • pain
    • neuralgia (nu¯-ra˘l´je¯-ah)
    • nerve pain
  2. -DYNIA
    • pain
    • gastrodynia (ga˘s´´tro¯-dι˘n´e¯-ah)
    • pain in the stomach
  3. -EMIA
    • blood condition
    • leukemia (loo-ke¯´me¯-ah)
    • cancer of white blood cells
  4. -GENIC
    • producing, forming
    • carcinogenic (kar´´sι˘-no¯-je˘n´ι˘k)
    • cancer forming
  5. -IA
    • condition, disease
    • polyuria (po˘l´´e¯-u¯´re¯-ah)
    • excessive urination
  6. -ITIS
    • inflammation
    • laryngitis (lar´´ι˘n-jι¯´tι˘s)
    • inflammation of the larynx
  7. -MALACIA
    • softening
    • chondromalacia (ko˘n´´dro¯-mah-la¯´she¯-ah)
    • softening of the cartilage
  8. -MEGALY
    • enlargement
    • cardiomegaly (kar´de¯-o¯-me˘g´ah-le¯)
    • enlargement of the heart
  9. -OMA
    • tumor, mass
    • sarcoma (sar-ko¯´mah)
    • cancerous tumor of connective tissue
  10. -OSIS
    • condition
    • tuberculosis (too-ber´´ku¯-lo¯´sι˘s)
    • infectious disease commonly caused by
    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  11. -PATHY
    • disease
    • myopathy (mι¯-o˘p´ah-the¯)
    • disease of muscle tissue
  12. -PENIA
    • deficiency
    • leukopenia (loo´´ko¯-pe¯´ne¯-ah)
    • deficient number of white blood cells
  13. -RRHEA
    • flow, discharge
    • menorrhea (me˘n´´o¯-ra¯´ah)
    • normal menstrual flow
  14. -RRHAGE, -RRHAGIA
    • Diagnostic Suffixes
    • bursting forth
    • menorrhagia (me˘n´o¯-ra˘´je¯-ah)
    • excessive menstrual flow
  15. -SCLEROSIS
    • Diagnostic Suffixes
    • hardening
    • arteriosclerosis (ar-te¯´´re¯-o¯-skle˘-ro¯´sι˘s)
    • hardening of the arteries
  16. -CENTESIS
    • surgical puncture to remove fluid for analysis
    • abdominocentesis (a˘b-do˘m´´ι˘-no¯-se˘n-te¯´sι˘s)
    • puncture of abdominal cavity to remove fluid
  17. -ECTOMY
    • surgical removal
    • tonsillectomy (to˘n´´sι˘-le˘k´to¯-me¯)
    • surgical removal of tonsils
  18. -GRAPHY
    • process of recording
    • mammography (ma˘m-o˘g´rah-fe¯)
    • x-ray photography of breasts
  19. -LYSIS
    • separation, breakdown, destruction
    • dialysis (dι¯-a˘l´ι˘-sι˘s)
    • separation of waste materials from blood
  20. -OPSY
    • view of, vision
    • biopsy (bι¯´o˘p-se¯)
    • removal of living tissue for examination
  21. -PLASTY
    • surgical repair
    • mammoplasty (ma˘m´ah-pla˘s´´te¯)
    • surgical repair of the breasts
  22. -SCOPY
    • process of visual examination
    • arthroscopy (ar-thro˘s´ko¯-pe¯)
    • visual examination of the joints
  23. -STOMY
    • opening
    • tracheostomy (tra¯´ke¯-o˘s´to¯-me¯)
    • (also tracheotomy) cutting an air/drainage opening to the trachea
  24. -TOMY
    • incision, cutting
    • lobotomy (lo¯-bo˘t´o¯-me¯)
    • severing of nerve fibers in the front lobe
    • of the brain

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