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

Medical Terminology - Letter T 

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tachy-

fast

tal/o

talus

tars/o

tarsus; hindfoot or ankle

tauto-

identical, same

tax/o

order; coordination

techn/o

skill, art

tel/o

complete

tele/o

distant

temp/o, tempor/o

period of time, the temples

ten

deca-

ten/o

tendon

tendin/o

tendon

-tension

pressure

tens/o

stretched, strained

tephr/o

gray (ashen)

terat/o

monster; malformed fetus

test/o

testis

tetan/o

tetanus

tetra-

four

thalam/o

thalamus

thalass/o

sea

thanat/o

death

the/o

put; place

thec/o

sheath

thel/o

nipple

therapeut/o

treatment

-therapy

treatment

therm/o

heat

thorac/o

chest

-thorax

chest; pleural cavity

three

tri-

thromb/o

clot

-tropia

to turn

thym/o

thymus gland

-thymia

mind (condition of)

-thymic

pertaining to mind

thyr/o

thyroid gland; sheild

thyroid/o

thyroid gland

tibi/o

tibia (shin bone)

-tic

pertaining to

toc/o

labor; birth

-tocia

labor; birth (condition of)

-tocin

labor; birth (a substance for)

tom/o

to cut

-tome

instrument to cut

-tomy

process of cutting

ton/o

tension

tone/o

to stretch

tonsill/o

tonsil

top/o

place; position; location

torso

twisted

tox/o

poison

toxic/o

poison

trache/o

trachea (windpipe)

trans-

across; through

traumat/o

trauma, injury, wound

trem/o, tremul/o

shaking, trembling

-tresia

opening

tri-

three

trich/o

hair

trigon/o

trigone (area within the bladder)

tri/o

to sort out, sorting

-tripsy

to crush

troph/o

nourishment; development

-trophy

nourishment; development (condition of)

-tropia

to turn

-tropic

turning

-tropin

stimulate; act on

tub/o

tube

tumesc/o, -tumescence

swelling

tympan/o

tympanic membrane (eardrum); middle ear

-type

classification; picture

typhl/o

cecum, blindness

 

 

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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 ‘T’- list of medical suffixes-prefixes