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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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Med terms ‘K’- medical suffix-prefix

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Prefixes and Suffixes Medical Terminology beginning with K
Medical terminology is composed of a prefix, root word, and suffix. It is used to precisely describe the human body components, processes, illnesses, medical procedures, and pharmacology. Medical terminology is used in the field of medicine, medical school classes, and clinical settings. This section deals with all med term roots beginning with the letter K. For a quick overview and tutorial on medical terminology, check out our Introduction to Medical Terminology.

Medical Terminology - Letter K 

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kal/i

potassium

kary/o

nucleus

kel/o

tumor, fibrous growth

kerat/o

cornea; hard, horny tissue

keraun/o

lightning

kern-

nucleus (collection of nerve cells in the brain)

ket/o

ketones; acetones

keton/o

ketones; acetones

kines/o

movement

kinesi/o

movement

-kinesis

movement

klept/o

to steal

koil/o

hollow, concave, depressed

kraur/o

dry

kym/o

waves

kyph/o

humpback

Word Building and Medical Terms beginning with the letter K

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K

keratoscope

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: kerat/o
1st Root Definition: cornea; hard; horny tissue
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -scope
Suffix Definition: instrument for visual examination
Definition: instrument used to evaluate the shape of the anterior surface
of the cornea

kinesthesia

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: kines/o
1st Root Definition: movement
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -esthesia
Suffix Definition: nervous sensation
Definition: sense that identifies bodily position; weight; movement of muscles,
tendons and joints

koilocyte

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: koil/o
1st Root Definition: hollow; concaved; depressed
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -cyte
Suffix Definition: cell
Definition: squamous epithelial cell that has gone through a number of
structural changes

kyphoscoliosis

Prefix:
Prefix Definition:
1st Root Word: kyph/o
1st Root Definition: humpback
2nd Root Word:
2nd Root Word Definition:
Suffix: -osis
Suffix Definition: condition, usually abnormal
Definition: combination of lateral and outward curvature of the spine


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Increasing your understanding of medical terminology

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Word Building Reference- This resource strengthens your understanding of medical terminology. See how common medical terms are created using the various prefixes, suffixes, and root words.


Medical Terminology Intuitive Section This section was developed for 'speed learning' of medical terminology. Start by reviewing the meanings for a block of medical terms, and then go back and choose a previous term randomly and try to recall the meaning of that particular medical term before hovering over the term to determine the answer. These frequent mini-tests will accelerate the learning process and in a relatively short period of time, you will be able to quickly recall the meaning of all of the listed medical terms. This method of learning is superior to flash cards because of the frequent exposure and testing of your recall.


 

 

 

 

Med terms ‘K’- medical suffix-prefix