Medical terminology Unit Clerk (Formation of plurals) Chapter 1

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Medical terminology Unit Clerk (Formation of plurals) Chapter 1
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Davi-Ellen Chabner Medical Terminology A Short Course 6th Edition
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  1. Worlds ending in -a retain the -a and add -e:

    Singular / Plural / (Meaning)
    Vertebra / Vertebrae / (Backbones)
    Bursa / Bursae / (Sacs of fluid near a joint)
  2. Words ending in -is drop the -is and add -es:

    Singular / Plural / (Meaning)
    Diagnosis / Diagnoses / (Determination of the nature and causes of diseases)
    Psychosis / Psychoses / (Abnormal condition of the mind)
  3. Words ending in -ex or -ix drop the -ex or -ix and add -ices:

    Singular / Plural / (Meaning)
    Apex / Apices / (Pointed ends of organs)
    Cortex / Cortices / (Outer parts of organs)
    Varix / Varices / (Enlarged, swollen veins)
  4. Worlds ending in -on drop the -on and add -a:

    Singular / Plural / (Meaning)
    Ganglion / Ganglia / (Group pf nerve cells; benign cysts near a joint (such as the wrist))
  5. Words ending in -um drop the -um and add -a:

    Singular / Plural / (Meaning)
    Bacterium / Bacteria / (Types of one-celled organisms)
    Ovum / Ova / (Egg cells)
  6. Words ending in -us drop the -us and add -i:

    Singular / Plural / (Meaning)
    Bronchus / Bronchi / (Tubes leading from the windpipe to the lungs)
    Calculus / Calculi / (Stones)

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