Prefixes  Suffixes

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Common Prefixes in Medicine


The common prefixes in medicine are few compared to the prefixes used in the English language on a daily basis.



Yes, many prefixes used in medicine are also used by language learners, but the common prefixes in medicine are few compared to other fields.

Learning prefixes takes time and effort -- especially in the medical field -- seeing there are so many of them. What's more, they are so specialized... and so foreign (for the most part) that it's like learning another language altogether.

This page represents the last in a series of pages containing common prefixes in medicine.

To see the other pages (separated alphabetically for ease of learning and listing) you can reach them by clicking on medical prefixes, (A-C) (D-G) (H-L) (M-R) (S-Z) at the left MENU.


The common prefixes in medicine are listed below for the letters S through Z. Don't forget to bookmark us -- or share us with your friends!

Prefix Meaning
sacro
salpingo
sarco
scapulo
schizo
scinti
scirrho
sclero
scolio
scoto
sebo
sebaceo
secto
semi
semini
sepso
sialo
sialadeno
sidero
sigmoido
silico
sinuso
somato
somno
sono
spermo
spermato
spheno
sphero
sphygmo
splanchno
spino
spiro
spleno
spondylo
squamo
stapedo
staphylo
steato
stero
stereo
sterno
stetho
stomato
strepto
stylo
sub
submaxillo
supra
sym
syn
syncopo
syndesmo
synovo
syringo
tachy
tarso
taxo
telo
teleo
teno
tendino
terato
testo
tetra
thalamo
thalasso
theto
theco
thelo
therapeuto
thermo
thoraco
thrombo
thymo
thyro
thyroido
tibio
toco
tomo
tono
toneo
tonsillo
topo
toxo
toxico
tracheo
trans
tri
tricho
trigono
tropho
tympano
ulno
ultra
umbilico
unguo
uni
uro
uretero
urethro
urino
utero
uveo
uvulo
vago
vagino
valvo
valvulo
varico
vaso
vasculo
veno
ven/i
venero
ventro
ventriculo
venulo
vertebro
vesico
vesiculo
vestibulo
viscero
vito
vitro
vitreo
vivo
volo
vulvo
xantho
xeno
xero
xipho
zoo
sacrum
salpingo fallopian tube
flesh - tissue
shoulder blade
split
spark
hard
sclera - white of eye
crooked - bent
darkness
sebum
sebum
to cut
half
semen - seed
infection
saliva
salivary gland
iron
sigmoid - colon
glass
sinus
body
sleep
sound
spermatozoa - sperm cells
sperm cells
wedge - sphenoid bone
round - globeshaped
pulse
viscera - guts (internal organs)
spine - backbone
to breathe
spleen
vertebra - backbone
scale
stapes - middle ear bone
uvula
fat - sebum
solid - steroid
solid - threedimensional
sternum
chest
mouth
twisted
pole - stake
under - below
mandible = lower jaw bone
upper - above
together - with
together - with
cut off - cut short (faint)
ligament
synovial membrane - 'sheath' around tendon
tube
fast
hindfoot or ankle
coordination - order
complete
distant
tendon
tendon
monster - malformed fetus
testis
four
thalamus
sea
put - place
sheath
nipple - want
treatment
heat
chest
clot
thymus gland
thyroid gland
thyroid gland
tibia (shin bone)
labor - give birth
to cut
tension
to stretch
tonsil
place - position - location
poison
poison
trachea (windpipe)
across - through
three
hair
trigone (triangle -area within bladder)
nourishment
tympanic membrane - eardrum
ulna - lower arm bone
beyond - excess
umbilicus (navel)
nail
one
urine
ureter
urethra
urine
uterus (womb)
uvea - vascular layer of eye
uvula
vaugus nerve
vagina
valve
valve
varicose veins
vessel - duct
vessel - blood
vein
vein
venereal - sexual contact
front side of body
ventricle - of heart or brain
venule (small vein)
vertebra - backbone
urinary bladder
seminal vesicle
vestibule of the inner ear
internal organs
life
vitreous body (of the eye)
glass
life
to roll
vulva
yellow
stranger - foreigner
dry
sword - blade
life




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