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Medical Suffixes

A suffix dictionary for biology and medicine

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EUGENE M. MCCARTHY, PHD

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About Medical Suffixes

This dictionary is a section of Suffix Prefix Dictionary, one of the most comprehensive online dictionaries of biological and medical suffixes and prefixes. The suffix lists accessed from the links above provide definitions, examples, and etymologies for a wide variety of suffixes used in biology and medicine. Many of the examples are cross-linked to their definitions in the biology dictionary on this website. To find the meaning of a suffix, click on its first letter in the table (you can, of course, also search the suffix dictionary by clicking on the link "Search for a suffix >>"). Many of the more common biomedical suffixes are listed below (with links to their definitions).

What is a Suffix?

A suffix is a letter or series of letters attached to the end of a word, word base, or prefix to produce a derivative word with a new meaning. There are many suffixes used by biologists in constructing scientific names and terminology. For example, in the word termitary, the suffix -ary, meaning connected with or belonging to, is attached to the end of the word termite (after dropping the e). So a termitary, a mound where termites live, is a place belonging to termites.

In general, the suffixes used in constructing scientific terminology and med terms are either of Latin or Greek derivation. In constructing these terms, nearly always, a Latin prefix goes with a Latin suffix, and a Greek prefix goes with a Greek suffix.

Spelling rules:

When a biological or medical suffix beginning with a consonant is added to a stem or prefix ending with a consonant, a vowel, usually -o-, is added as a connector.

Biological and medical terms of Greek or Latin origin ending in -a regularly drop the -a before a suffix beginning with a vowel:

pleura + -al = pleural

urea + -ic = ureic

lamina + -ectomy = laminectomy

If you learn the various biological and medical suffixes and prefixes, you won't be overwhelmed trying to memorize the innumerable polysyllabic words that you'll meet with in your courses. Soon you'll even find that you're understanding many words without looking up their definitions. Many, many biological and medical terms can be constructed from the relatively short list of prefixes and suffixes defined in this dictionary. As you become more familiar with them, you may end up making up some words yourself!

Medical suffixes for affected body parts/components:
Suffix meaning arm >>
Suffix meaning bladder >>
Suffix meaning blood >>
Suffix meaning brain >>
Suffix meaning cecum >>
Suffix meaning chamber >>
Suffix meaning cord >>
Suffix meaning eyelids >>
Suffix meaning eyes >>
Suffix meaning feet >>
Suffix meaning fingers >>
Suffix meaning ear >>
Suffix meaning forearm >>
Suffix meaning hand >>
Suffix meaning heart >>
Suffix meaning heel >>
Suffix meaning lips >>
Suffix meaning mind >>
Suffix meaning nails >>
Suffix meaning navel >>
Suffix meaning sac >>
Suffix meaning shin >>
Suffix meaning skin >>
Suffix meaning skull >>
Suffix meaning spine >>
Suffix meaning testicles >>
Suffix meaning teeth >>
Suffix meaning toes >>
Suffix meaning tube >>
Suffix meaning urine >>
Suffix meaning vagina >>
Suffix meaning wrist >>
Suffixes used to to indicate conditions and disorders:
Suffix meaning attraction >>
Suffix meaning appetite >>
Suffix meaning color >>
Suffix meaning dislocation >>
Suffix meaning eversion >>
Suffix meaning fear >>
Suffix meaning hernia >>
Suffix meaning hearing >>
Suffix meaning swelling >>
Suffix meaning temperature >>
Suffix meaning tumor >>
Suffix meaning vision >>
Suffix meaning weakness >>
Suffix meaning wasting >>
Some common suffixes:
Suffix for affected by >>
Suffix for ape >>
Suffix for attachment >>
Suffix for attraction >>
Suffix for bacterium >>
Suffix for cell >>
Suffix for cutting >>
Suffix for condition >>
Suffix for disease >>
Suffix for enzyme >>
Suffix for human >>
Suffix for killer >>
Suffix for knowledge >>
Suffix for pain >>
Suffix for leaf >>
Suffix for plant >>
Suffix for tree >>
Suffix for woman >>
Meanings of some common suffixes:
Suffix ac >>
Suffix agog >>
Suffix anthropus >>
Suffix asthenia >>
Suffix bacter >>
Suffix cardia >>
Suffix cide >>
Suffix clast >>
Suffix coel >>
Suffix cule >>
Suffix cyst >>
Suffix cyte >>
Suffix dendron >>
Suffix derm >>
Suffix dont >>
Suffix duct >>
Suffix dynia >>
Suffix facient >>
Suffix form >>
Suffix iasis >>
Suffix philia >>
Suffix phobia >>
Suffix pedic >>
Suffix phyll >>
Suffix ptile >>
Suffix pathy >>
Suffix rhiza >>
Suffix graph >>
Suffix sclerosis >>
Suffix graph >>
Suffix sis >>
Suffix some >>
Suffix stat >>
Suffix tactic >>
Suffix therm >>
Suffix topic >>


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