Word roots, prefixes and suffixes of anatomical terms :
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|Prefix or suffix||Example||Meaning|
|capill-||Capillus||Of or pertaining to hair|
|capit-||Capitation||Of or pertaining to the head|
|cardi-||Cardiology||Of or pertaining to the heart|
|carp-||Carpopedal||Of or pertaining to the wrist|
|-centesis||Amniocentesis||Surgical puncture for aspiration|
|cephal-||Cephalalgy||Of or pertaining to the head|
|cerat-||Ceratoid||Of or pertaining to the cornu, a horn|
|cerebell-||Cerebellum||Of or pertaining to the cerebellum|
|cerebro-||Cerebrology||Of or pertaining to the brain|
|cervic-||Cervicodorsal||Of or pertaining to the neck, the cervix|
|chir-, cheir-||Chiropractor||Of or pertaining to the hand|
|chlor-||Chlorophyll||Denoting a green color|
|chole-||Cholecystitis||Of or pertaining to bile|
|cholecyst-||Cholecystectomy||Of or pertaining to the gallbladder|
|chondr-||Chondrocalcinosis||Cartilage, gristle, granule|
|-cid, -cide||bacteriocidal||Killing, destroying|
|cili-||Ciliary||Of or pertaining to the cilia, the eyelashes|
|cis-||On this side|
|co-||Coenzymes||With, together, in association|
|col-, colo-, colono-||Colonoscopy||Colon|
|colp-||Colposcopy||Of or pertaining to the vagina|
|com-, con-||Congenital||With, together|
|cor-, core-, coro-||Corectomy||Of or pertaining to eye's pupil|
|cordi-||Commotio cordis||Of or pertaining to the heart|
|cornu-||Greater cornu||Like a horn|
|cost-||Costochondral||Of or pertaining to the ribs|
|cox-||Coxopodite||Of or relating to the hip, haunch, or hip-joint|
|crani-||Craniology||Belonging or relating to the cranium|
|-crine, crin||Endocrine||To secrete|
|cyano-||Cyanopsia||Denotes a blue color|
|cyph-||Cyphosis||Denotes something as bent|
|cyst-||Cystotomy||Of or pertaining to the urinary bladder|
In this section we've added a few alternative study aids to help you along.
- Articles - Here you'll find a range of short articles on basic anatomy and physiology topics, complete with a few 'test yourself' questions for each one.
- Images and pdf's - Just in case you get tired of looking at the screen we've provided images and pdf files that you can print out and use for 'off-line' practice.
- Word Roots - When you learn the word roots, prefixes and suffixes contained within anatomical and medical terms, you can often work out what they mean. This can be a useful skill as you progress in your studies, so we've provided a dictionary to help you!
- Games - Finally in the resources section, we've added some simple games to make anatomy and physiology practice a little bit more fun.