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     In medicine, health problems are often described by using a combination of a word element referring to a body part/system/activity plus a word element referring to the condition of that part/system/activity.

     For instance, when we combine dys (difficult) + phagia (swallowing), we get dysphagia (difficulty swallowing.)
Or: ot (ear) + itis (inflammation) = otitis (inflammation of the ear.)
Or: hypo (abnormally decreased) + glycemia (presence of glucose in the blood) = hypoglycemia (abnormally decreased level of glucose in the blood.)

     This is by no means a complete list, but it can start you on the path to understanding disease names and medical jargon.

cephal(o)-….head
crypt(o)-…..concealed
ger(o)-………old age
hyper-………abnormally increased, excessive
hypo-………..abnormally decreased, deficient
oste(o)-……..bone
ot(o)-………..ear
dys-………….bad, difficult, disordered
hem(o)-……..blood
path(o)-…….disease
poly-…………many, much
pseudo-……..false
rhin(o)-………nose

Common Suffixes
-gram…….written, recorded
-iasis……..state, condition
-itis………..inflammation
-lysis……..dissolution
-oid……….resembling
-ology…….a branch of learning
-oma………tumor
-osis………disease, abnormal increase
-pathy…….morbid condition, disease (without inflammation)
-phagia…..eating, swallowing
-trophy……growth, development

Shortcuts to other Medical Definition entries:

Colorful Definitions

Parts Department

Sounds Like Trouble

Triage

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Resource: Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, Second Edition

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