Chapter 4
Prefixes
Chapter Goals
• Define basic prefixes used in the medical language.
• Analyze medical terms that combine prefixes and othe...
Prefixes and Terminology
Prefix

Meaning

a-, an-

no, not, without

ab-

away from

ad-

toward

ana-

up, apart

ante-

...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

contra-

against, opposite

de-

down, lack of

dia-

through, complete...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

epi-

upon, on, above

eu-

good, normal

ex-

out, outside, away from
...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

in-

not

in-

into, within

infra-

beneath, under

inter-

between

i...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

mal-

bad

meta-

beyond, change

micro-

small

neo-

new

pan-

all

...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

per-

through

peri-

surrounding

poly-

many, much

post-

after, beh...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

pros-

before, forward

re-

back, again

retro-

behind, backward

sub...
Prefixes and
Terminology (cont’d)
Prefix

Meaning

tachy-

fast

trans-

across, through

ultra-

beyond, excess

uni-

on...
All information taken from

The Language Of
Medicine
th
10

edition

Davi-Ellen Chabner
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  1. 1. Chapter 4 Prefixes
  2. 2. Chapter Goals • Define basic prefixes used in the medical language. • Analyze medical terms that combine prefixes and other word elements. • Learn about the Rh condition as an example of an antigenantibody reaction.
  3. 3. Prefixes and Terminology Prefix Meaning a-, an- no, not, without ab- away from ad- toward ana- up, apart ante- before, forward
  4. 4. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning contra- against, opposite de- down, lack of dia- through, complete dys- bad, painful, difficult, abnormal ec-, ecto out, outside endo- in, within
  5. 5. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning epi- upon, on, above eu- good, normal ex- out, outside, away from hemi- half hyper- excessive, above hypo- deficient, under
  6. 6. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning in- not in- into, within infra- beneath, under inter- between intra- in, within, into macro- large
  7. 7. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning mal- bad meta- beyond, change micro- small neo- new pan- all para- abnormal, beside, near
  8. 8. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning per- through peri- surrounding poly- many, much post- after, behind pre- before, in front of pro- before, forward
  9. 9. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning pros- before, forward re- back, again retro- behind, backward sub- under suprasyn-, sym- above, upper together, with
  10. 10. Prefixes and Terminology (cont’d) Prefix Meaning tachy- fast trans- across, through ultra- beyond, excess uni- one
  11. 11. All information taken from The Language Of Medicine th 10 edition Davi-Ellen Chabner

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