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Medical terminology is composed of a prefix, root word, and suffix:
Prefix: A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to modify or change its meaning. Pre means "before." Prefixes may also indicate a location, number, or time.
Root: central part of a word.
Suffix: The ending part of a word that modifies the meaning of the word.
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Medical Terminology Reference

Use this reference to see how common medical terms are created using the various prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

umbilical

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: umbilic/o
1st Root Definition: umbilicus (navel)
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -al
Suffix Definition: pertaining to
Definition: pertaining to the navel

unilateral

Prefix: uni-
Prefix Definition: one
1st Root Word: later/o
1st Root Definition: side
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -al
Suffix Definition: pertaining to
Definition: pertaining to one side

urologist

Prefix: uro-
Prefix Definition: urine; urinary system
1st Root Word:
1st Root Definition:
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -logist
Suffix Definition: specialist
Definition: specialist of the urinary system

urology

Prefix: uro-
Prefix Definition: urine; urinary system
1st Root Word:
1st Root Definition:
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -logy
Suffix Definition: study (process of)
Definition: study of the urinary system
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