Fact: It is impossible to memorize all
words in medical dictionaries used in
So, what is a
Hystero / salpingo / -oophor / ectomy
a complete hysterectomy
are often combination of different parts.
The parts include:
syllables or words placed at the
beginning of a word
syllables or words placed at the end
of a word
main words or parts to which
prefixes and suffixes can be
Word root append
an inflammation of the appendix
If you add the prefix “pseudo”
to appendicitis …
You get the word pseudoappendicitis …
a false inflammation of the appendix
Things to remember:
The prefix usually serves to further define the
When prefixes, suffixes, and/or word roots
are joined together, vowels are frequently
Vowels are not used if the word root or suffix
begins with a vowel.
The vowel “o” is not used because the suffix
“itis” begins with a vowel.
tracing, picture, record
The vowel “o” is used because the suffix
“gram” does not begin with a vowel.
Combine the word root and the suffix and you
By learning basic prefixes,
suffixes, and word roots, you
will frequently be able to
interpret the meaning of a
word even if you have never
seen the word before.