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SuffixesAssociated withthe NervousSystemBy Toni Kasprowicz
- Plegia = paralysis The suffix –plegia is derived from the Greek word “plege,” meaning blow or stroke. It literally mean...
-Plegia   Medical problems including this suffix in their    terminologies typically result from damage to the    spinal ...
-Plegia   There are many terms including this suffix that are relatable to the    nervous system, including:     Cardiop...
-Phasia = speech Thissuffix is derived from the Greek word  phanai, which means to speak. When  used in medical terminolo...
-Phasia   There are many terms including this suffix that are relatable to the    nervous system, including:     Agitoph...
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Suffixes associated with the nervous system

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Suffixes associated with the nervous system

  1. 1. SuffixesAssociated withthe NervousSystemBy Toni Kasprowicz
  2. 2. - Plegia = paralysis The suffix –plegia is derived from the Greek word “plege,” meaning blow or stroke. It literally means cessation of motion.
  3. 3. -Plegia Medical problems including this suffix in their terminologies typically result from damage to the spinal cord or brain. Damage to the spinal cord is called a lesion. When a lesion occurs in the patient’s cervical area, quadriplegia will result. This is paralysis of all four extremities. When a lesion occurs in the patient’s thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions, paraplegia will result. This is paralysis of the lower extremities. Sometimes, paralysis can be caused by diseases like Polio, spinal stenosis, or Spina Bifida.
  4. 4. -Plegia There are many terms including this suffix that are relatable to the nervous system, including:  Cardioplegia – heart paralysis  Hemiplegia – paralysis on one side of the body  Cystoplegia – bladder paralysis  Facioplegia – face paralysis  Glossoplegia – tongue paralysis  Neuroplegia – any paralysis due to the nervous system  Phrenoplegia – diaphragm paralysis
  5. 5. -Phasia = speech Thissuffix is derived from the Greek word phanai, which means to speak. When used in medical terminology, words with the suffix –phasia usually pertain to a speech disorder.
  6. 6. -Phasia There are many terms including this suffix that are relatable to the nervous system, including:  Agitophasia – rapid speech  Aphasia – lack of speech skill sets due to injury or disease of brain centers  Bradyphasia – slow speech  Paraphasia – speaker’s words jumble unintelligibly, neurological origin  Schizophasia – disordered speech of the schizophrenic  Tonaphasia – cerebral lesion causes loss of ability to remember musical tunes  Allophasia – incoherent speech  Coprophasia – stereotyped, convulsive use of obscene language, associated with Tourette’s Syndrome

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