# The Components of Medical Terminology

Most medical terms are compound words made up of root words which are combined with prefixes (at the start of a word) and suffixes (at the end of a word).

For instance: neuroblastoma:

neuro: means nerve

blast: relates to immature cells

-oma: means tumor

Therefore by breaking down a complex word we can see that neuroblastoma literally means a tumour made up of immature nerve cells!

Study some more roots, prefixes, and suffixes now!

Root Words

Example Meaning Component
Carcinogenic= cander causing cander -Carcin
Dermatitis= Inflammation of the skin skin -Derma
Histology= The study of tissue tissue -Histo
Nephrotoxic = Harmful to the kidneys kidney -Nephro

 

Prefixes

Example Meaning Component
abnormality= Away from the normal away from -Ab
Pericardium= Membrance around the heart around -Peri
Syndrome= Group pf syndromes occuring together together with -Syn
Prenatal= Before birth before -Pre

 

Suffixes

Example Meaning Component
Leukaemia= Cancer of blood cells condition of blood -aemia
Retinoblastoma= Tumor of the eye tumor -oma
Necrosis= Dying cells disease/condition -osis
Nephrectomy= Excision of a kidney excision/removal -ectomy

 

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  1. AiDiNN

    Very Interesting
     

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