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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 – R

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Prefixes and Suffixes Medical Terminology beginning with R
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 R. For a quick overview and tutorial on medical terminology, check out our Introduction to Medical Terminology.

Medical Terminology - Letter R 

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rachi/o

spinal column; vertebrae

radi/o

x-rays; radioactivity; radius (lateral lower arm bone)

radicul/o

nerve root

re-

back; again; backward

-receptor, -ceptor

receiver

rect/o

rectum

ren/o

kidney

respir/o

breath

resuscit/o

to revive

reticul/o

network

retin/o

retina

retro-

behind; back; backward

rhabd/o

rod

rhabdomy/o

striated (skeletal) muscle

rhe/o

flow, current, stream

rheumat/o

watery flow

rhin/o

nose

rhiz/o

root

rhod/o

red, rosy

rhytid/o

wrinkle

roentgen/o

x-rays

rose/o

rosy

rot/o, rotat/o

turn, revolve

-rrhage

bursting forth (of blood)

-rrhagia

bursting forth (of blood)

-rrhaphy

suture

-rrhea

flow; discharge

-rrhexis

rupture

rhythm/o

rhythm

rubr/o, rubr/i

red

 

 

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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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Terminology Reference – R