Medical Root Words


Root Word Dictionary


Find medical root words:

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To search for medical root words (or for roots with a particular meaning) use the box above.

Tip: If you don't get a result, try using a query that's a synonym (e.g., instead of carry, try searching with the word bear).

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You can use this finder for more than one purpose:

1. Reverse dictionary. In the box above, enter a definition to find the corresponding root word (e.g., searching with the word grasshopper will locate the Greek root akris).

2. Find medical root word meanings. Enter a root word (Greek or Latin) in the box and click the Search button. The finder will then search through the list of roots on this site and return any matches (this search requires correct spelling; roots can also be looked up alphabetically).

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Root Word Dictionary is one of the most comprehensive online dictionaries of word roots. Here, you'll find the meanings of all the Greek and Latin root words commonly used in constructing biological and medical terminology. The list is alphabetical, which lets you look roots up even if you're not sure about their exact spellings. In the index above, click on the first letter of the root you seek. You can also use the automated search engine, which searches the entire root dictionary (click on the search link at the top of this page).

More about using Root Word Dictionary:

To understand how Greek and Latin roots word are used in constructing terminology:

  1. First, look a root word up in the dictionary;
  2. Then, look up similarly spelled prefixes and suffixes in the prefix and suffix dictionary on this site, which gives examples to show how these roots function in word origins;
  3. Next, look up the meanings of the example terms given in the prefix and suffix dictionary (most of which are linked to their definitions in the biology dictionary on this site).

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McCarthy, E. M. 2013. Root Word Dictionary. (Add access date).

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