Sunday, January 15, 2012

Free Medical Terminology Flash Cards: Prefixes

Knowing the meaning of prefixes can greatly help those who wish to work in the medical field, including healthcare provides such as nurses and doctors and also staff such as medical transcriptionists and those who work in the insurance industry. Secretaries, technicians, and even family members and patients or clients may find it helpful to understand how to determine the meaning of a word by looking at word parts.

Prefixes are added to the front of a root word that change the meaning of that word. They may indicate position or direction, numbers or measurements. Some prefixes may cause a word to mean the opposite of what it would otherwise. Other prefixes denote color. A prefix will always change a root word in the same way.

Some prefixes may have more than one definition. The meaning is determined by the context. More than one prefix may have the same or similar definitions. The choice of prefix often comes with experience as some prefixes are typically used with particular root words.

Word association may help people to remember the meaning of a prefix. Some prefixes may be familiar. For example, bi- means two. A way to remember this is to think of a bicycle, which has two wheels. Other prefixes may not be as familiar, and those who are studying may find it helpful to learn complete medical terms containing the prefixes that may help one to recall the word part definition. For example, erythr/o means red. Erythrocyte is another name for a red blood cell.

How to Use These Flash Cards

These free prefix medical terminology flash cards are designed to help readers to learn the meaning of each. Simply click on the flash card to enlarge the cards and click on the next thumbnail at the bottom for the next card. The prefix is followed by its definition. You may wish to set a timer to see how quickly you can remember them or try starting with the last flash card and work your way to the front for a variation.

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Medical Terminology Prefixes
Free Medical Term Flash Cards
What does purpur/o mean?
Purpur/o definition
What does tachy- mean?
Tachy- definition
What does milli- mean?
Milli- definition
What does dia- mean?
Dia- definition
What does ad- mean?
Ad- definition
What does cirrh/o mean?
Cirrh/o definition
What does hemi- mean?
Hemi- definition
What does per- mean?
Per- definition
What does hyper- mean?
Hyper- definition
What does retro- mean?
Retro- definition
What does juxta- mean?
Juxta- definition
What does bi- mean?
Bi- definition
What does eosin/o mean?
Eosin/o definition
What does ultra- mean?
Ultra- definition
What does melan/o mean?
Melan/o definition
What does im- mean?
Im- definition
What does anti- mean?
Anti- definition
What does eu- mean?
Eu- definition
What does hydro- mean?
Hydr/o definition
What does poly- mean?
Poly- definition
What does non- mean?
Non- definition
What does idio- mean?
Idio- definition
What does ambi- mean?
Ambi- definition
What does glauc/o mean?
Glauc/o definition
What does con- mean?
Con- definition
What does primi- mean?
Primi- definition
What does xanth/o mean?
Xanth/o definition
What does multi- mean?
Multi- definition
What does inter- mean?
Inter- definition
What does a- mean?
A- definition
What does exo- mean?
Exo- definition
What does dis- mean?
Dis- definition
What does supra- mean?
Supra- definition
What does tri- mean?
Tri- definition
What does pan- mean?
Pan- definition
What does homeo- mean?
Homeo- definition
What does auto- mean?
Auto- definition
What does ecto- mean?
Ecto- definition
What does sub- mean?
Sub- definition
What does meso- mean?
Meso- definition
What does in- mean?
In- definition
What does brady- mean?
Brady- definition
What does epi- mean?
Epi- definition
What does ab- mean?
Ab- definition
What does pre- mean?
Pre- definition
Pre- definition
What does syn- mean?
Syn- definition
What does poli/o mean?
Poli/o definition
What does mono- mean?
Mono- definition
What does infra- mean?
Infra- definition
What does peri- mean?
Peri- definition
What does de- mean?
De- definition
What does an- mean?
An- definition
What does ex- mean?
Ex- definition
What does semi- mean?
Semi- definition
What does para- mean?
Para- definition
What does jaund/o mean?
Jaund/o definition
What does hyp- mean?
Hyp- definition
What does chlor/o mean?
Chlor/o definition
What does endo- mean?
Endo- definition
What does contra- mean?
Contra- definition
What does pseudo- mean?
Pseudo- definition
What does intra- mean?
Intra- definition
What does meta- mean?
Meta- definition
What does ante- mean?
Ante- definition
What does cyan/o mean?
Cyan/o definition
What does homo- mean?
Homo- definition
What does quadri- mean?
Quadri- definition
What does re- mean?
Re- definition
What does rube- mean?
Rube- definition
What does uni- mean?
Uni- definition
What does bio- mean?
Bio- definition
What does alb- mean?
Alb- definition
What does dys- mean?
Dys- definition
What does extra- mean?
Extra- definition
What does hypo- mean?
Hypo- definition
What does jaund/o mean?
Jaund/o definition
What does circum- mean?
Circum- definition
What does erythr/o mean?
Erythr/o definition
What does hetero- mean?
Hetero- definition
What does post- mean?
Post- definition
What does sym- mean?
Sym- definition
What does albin/o mean?
Albin/o definition
Prefix Flash Cards by Katrena

2 comments:

  1. The last sentence of your fourth paragraph says that eosinophil is another name for red blood cell, but that is incorrect. The other name for a red blood cell is erythrocyte, whereas an eosinophil is a slightly phagocytic type of white blood cell.

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    1. Thanks for catching that error! It has been corrected.

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