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Soila Morales # Posted on September 26, 2022 at 3:36 pm

A medical Prefix is defined as the beginning of a medical term. The prefix alters the meaning of the medical term. It is important to spell and pronounce prefixes correctly. Many prefixes that you find in medical terms are common to English language prefixes. The word Prefix begins with a Prefix which is Pre-and means before or in front of, the root of the word is Fix that means attach or fasten.

Some basic examples are:

1.Prefix: Dis-

*Meaning: Apart, away from.

*Example: Dissect, Cut up.

2. Prefix: Hyper-

*Meaning: Above, Beyond, High.

*Example: Hypertension.

A Suffix is defined as word parts that are located at the end of words. Suffixes can alter the meaning of medical terms. It is important to spell and pronounce suffixes correctly.

Suffixes in medical terms are common to English language suffixes. Suffixes are not always explicitly stated in the definition of a word. It is common that suffixes will not be explicitly stated when defining a medical term in the workplace. However, when transcribing or reading medical reports the suffix is always clearly written. In order to properly spell and pronounce medical terms, it is helpful to learn the suffixes.

Some basic examples are:

1. Suffix: -Aemia

*Meaning: Blood Condition.

*Example: Leukemia + Anemia

2. Suffix: -cidal, -cide

*Meaning: Killing, Destroying

*Example: Suicide + Suicidal

It is important to be able to break words down and understand their roots, prefixes and suffixes to prevent any misunderstandings or errors.

Mistakes and misunderstandings can be life-threatening, that is the importance of medical terminology.