Common Medical Suffixes And Prefixes

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Medical suffixes and prefixes for basic nusing


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  • 1. 

    Al

    • A.

      Pertaining to

    • B.

      Pain

    • C.

      Stud of

    Correct Answer
    A. Pertaining to
  • 2. 

    Ar, ary

    • A.

      Pertaining to

    • B.

      Crushing

    • C.

      Fear

    Correct Answer
    A. Pertaining to
    Explanation
    The suffixes "ar" and "ary" are used to form adjectives that mean "pertaining to." In this context, the word "pertaining to" means related to or connected with. Therefore, the correct answer refers to the meaning of these suffixes and how they are used to create adjectives that describe something in relation to a specific topic or subject.

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  • 3. 

    Cele

    • A.

      Hernia,swelling

    • B.

      Stone,calculus

    • C.

      Enlargement

    Correct Answer
    A. Hernia,swelling
    Explanation
    The correct answer is hernia, swelling. A hernia is a condition where an organ or tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. This can result in a visible swelling or bulge in the affected area. Therefore, hernia and swelling are closely related as the swelling is often a noticeable symptom of a hernia.

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  • 4. 

    Centesis

    • A.

      Surgical puncture

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Seperation,destruction,loosening

    Correct Answer
    A. Surgical puncture
    Explanation
    The term "centesis" refers to a surgical procedure that involves puncturing a body cavity or organ using a needle or other medical instrument. This procedure is typically performed to drain fluid or to obtain a sample for diagnostic purposes. Therefore, the correct answer "surgical puncture" accurately describes the meaning of the term "centesis".

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  • 5. 

    Dipsia

    • A.

      Thirst

    • B.

      Vomiting

    • C.

      Inflammation

    Correct Answer
    A. Thirst
    Explanation
    The term "dipsia" refers to an intense or excessive thirst. It is often used in medical contexts to describe a symptom or condition characterized by a strong desire or need to drink fluids. In this case, "thirst" is the correct answer as it is the most closely related term to "dipsia" among the given options. The other options, such as vomiting and inflammation, do not have a direct association with dipsia.

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  • 6. 

    Ectomy

    • A.

      Excision,removal of

    • B.

      Surgical puncture

    • C.

      Enlargement

    Correct Answer
    A. Excision,removal of
    Explanation
    The term "ectomy" is a suffix used in medical terminology to indicate the removal or excision of a particular organ or tissue. It is derived from the Greek word "ektomē," which means "excision" or "removal of." Therefore, the correct answer for this question is "excision, removal of."

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  • 7. 

    Edema

    • A.

      Swelling

    • B.

      Blood

    • C.

      Vomiting

    Correct Answer
    A. Swelling
    Explanation
    Edema refers to the accumulation of excess fluid in the body's tissues, leading to swelling. It can occur due to various reasons such as an injury, inflammation, or certain medical conditions. The given answer "swelling" accurately describes the primary symptom of edema, which is the visible enlargement or puffiness of affected body parts. The other terms mentioned in the question, including blood and vomiting, are unrelated to edema and do not provide a suitable explanation.

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  • 8. 

    Emia

    • A.

      Blood

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Softening

    Correct Answer
    A. Blood
  • 9. 

    Gram

    • A.

      Record

    • B.

      Process of recording

    • C.

      Measure

    Correct Answer
    A. Record
    Explanation
    The word "record" can have multiple meanings, such as a noun referring to a physical document or a verb meaning the act of capturing or documenting something. In this context, "record" can be understood as the process of recording, which aligns with the given options of "gram" and "measure." It suggests that "record" can be seen as a verb that involves the action of documenting or capturing information.

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  • 10. 

    Graphy

    • A.

      Process of recording

    • B.

      Record

    • C.

      Vision

    Correct Answer
    A. Process of recording
    Explanation
    The given words "graphy", "process of recording", "record", and "vision" are all related to the concept of recording or capturing something. "Graphy" is a suffix commonly used to denote a process or technique of recording or writing something. "Process of recording" directly refers to the action of capturing or documenting something. "Record" can also mean the act of recording or documenting information. "Vision" can be interpreted as the ability to see and perceive, which can also involve the process of recording visual information. Therefore, the correct answer "process of recording" aligns with the theme of the given words.

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  • 11. 

    Ia

    • A.

      Pertaining to

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Specialist

    Correct Answer
    B. Condition
    Explanation
    The word "condition" is the correct answer because it is the only word among the given options that can be used as a noun to describe a state or situation. The other options, "ia," "pertaining to," and "specialist," do not make sense in the context provided and cannot be used as nouns. Therefore, "condition" is the most suitable answer.

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  • 12. 

    Ic

    • A.

      Pertaining to

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Stone,calculus

    Correct Answer
    A. Pertaining to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "pertaining to." This answer is correct because the word "ic" is a suffix that means "pertaining to" or "related to." In this context, it is used to describe something that is related to or associated with the condition or stone, specifically calculus.

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  • 13. 

    Ism

    • A.

      Condition

    • B.

      Pertaining to

    • C.

      Suture

    Correct Answer
    A. Condition
  • 14. 

    Itis

    • A.

      Inflammation

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Specialist

    Correct Answer
    A. Inflammation
    Explanation
    The given answer "inflammation" is the correct answer because the question provides a list of words and asks for the correct answer. Among the given words, "inflammation" is the only one that makes sense as a standalone word and does not require any additional context. Therefore, it can be inferred that "inflammation" is the correct answer.

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  • 15. 

    Lith

    • A.

      Stone,calculus

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Fixation

    Correct Answer
    A. Stone,calculus
    Explanation
    The word "lith" refers to stone, while "calculus" also means stone or pebble. Therefore, the correct answer is stone, calculus, as both words have the same meaning. The other options, condition and fixation, do not have the same meaning as stone.

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  • 16. 

    Logy

    • A.

      Study of

    • B.

      Pertaining to

    • C.

      Specialist

    Correct Answer
    A. Study of
    Explanation
    The word "logy" is a suffix that is commonly used to indicate the study or science of a particular subject. In this case, the correct answer "study of" accurately reflects the meaning of "logy." It suggests that "logy" is used to denote a field of study or academic discipline.

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  • 17. 

    Lysis

    • A.

      Separation,destruction,loosening

    • B.

      Softening

    • C.

      Measure

    Correct Answer
    A. Separation,destruction,loosening
    Explanation
    The word "lysis" refers to the process of separation, destruction, or loosening. It can be used to describe the breaking down or disintegration of a substance or the dissolution of a bond or connection. In medical terms, lysis often refers to the destruction or breakdown of cells or tissues. Therefore, the answer "separation, destruction, loosening" accurately captures the meaning of the word "lysis."

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  • 18. 

    Malacia

    • A.

      Softening

    • B.

      Destruction

    • C.

      Inflammation

    Correct Answer
    A. Softening
    Explanation
    Malacia refers to the softening of a tissue or organ. It is a medical term used to describe a condition where there is a loss of normal firmness or structure of a particular body part. This can occur due to various reasons such as injury, infection, or disease. In the given options, "softening" is the correct answer as it directly relates to the definition of malacia. Destruction and inflammation may be associated with malacia in some cases, but they do not specifically define the condition itself.

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  • 19. 

    Oid

    • A.

      Resembling

    • B.

      Record

    • C.

      Condition

    Correct Answer
    A. Resembling
    Explanation
    The word "resembling" means to be similar or bear a likeness to something or someone. In the given context, it suggests that the word "oid" is similar to or has a resemblance to something else. However, without further information or context, it is difficult to determine the exact meaning or usage of the word "oid".

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  • 20. 

    Oma

    • A.

      Tumor

    • B.

      Vision

    • C.

      Disease

    Correct Answer
    A. Tumor
    Explanation
    The given words "oma", "tumor", "vision", and "disease" all relate to medical conditions or terms. Among these words, "tumor" is the only one that specifically refers to an abnormal growth of cells in the body. "Oma" is a medical suffix used to denote a tumor, "vision" refers to the ability to see, and "disease" is a general term for any abnormal condition affecting the body. Therefore, "tumor" is the correct answer as it stands out as the only word directly related to abnormal cell growth.

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  • 21. 

    Opia

    • A.

      Vision

    • B.

      Disease

    • C.

      Pain

    Correct Answer
    A. Vision
    Explanation
    The word "opia" is often used as a suffix in medical terminology to refer to a condition or state related to vision. For example, myopia refers to nearsightedness and hyperopia refers to farsightedness. Therefore, it can be inferred that "opia" is associated with vision.

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  • 22. 

    Osis

    • A.

      Condition

    • B.

      Abnormal condition

    • C.

      Disease

    Correct Answer
    B. Abnormal condition
    Explanation
    The term "abnormal condition" refers to a state or situation that deviates from what is considered normal or typical. In the context of the given options, "osis" is a suffix used to denote a condition or disease. Therefore, "abnormal condition" is the most appropriate and accurate description for the term "osis". It encompasses a wide range of abnormal states or disorders that may affect various parts of the body.

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  • 23. 

    Pathy

    • A.

      Disease

    • B.

      Condition

    • C.

      Tumor

    Correct Answer
    A. Disease
    Explanation
    The given answer "disease" is the most appropriate option because "pathy" is a suffix commonly used in medical terminology to indicate a disorder or disease of a specific organ or system. Therefore, "pathy" suggests a medical condition or disease rather than a tumor or any other specific condition.

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  • 24. 

    Penia

    • A.

      Decrease

    • B.

      Digestion

    • C.

      Vision

    Correct Answer
    A. Decrease
    Explanation
    The word "penia" is not a commonly used English word, but it is recognizable as a suffix that means "deficiency" or "lack of." In this context, "penia" is paired with the word "decrease," which means to become smaller or less in quantity. Therefore, it can be inferred that "penia" refers to a deficiency or lack of something, and the correct answer is "decrease."

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  • 25. 

    Pepsia

    • A.

      Digestion

    • B.

      Fixation

    • C.

      Swallow

    Correct Answer
    A. Digestion
  • 26. 

    Pexy

    • A.

      Fixation

    • B.

      Fear

    • C.

      Disease

    Correct Answer
    A. Fixation
    Explanation
    The word "pexy" refers to a surgical procedure that involves fixing or attaching an organ or tissue to a nearby structure. Similarly, "fixation" refers to the act of making something stable or immovable. Therefore, the correct answer "fixation" is related to the concept of securing or stabilizing something, which aligns with the meaning of "pexy."

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  • 27. 

    Phagia

    • A.

      Swallow,eat

    • B.

      Speech

    • C.

      Thirst

    Correct Answer
    A. Swallow,eat
    Explanation
    The term "phagia" refers to the act of swallowing or eating. It is derived from the Greek word "phagein" which means to eat. Therefore, "swallow, eat" is the correct answer as it accurately represents the meaning of "phagia".

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  • 28. 

    Phasia

    • A.

      Speech

    • B.

      Swallow

    • C.

      Fear

    Correct Answer
    A. Speech
    Explanation
    The term "phasia" refers to a speech disorder or difficulty in producing or understanding speech. It is derived from the Greek word "phasis" which means "speech". Therefore, the correct answer is "speech".

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  • 29. 

    Plasty

    • A.

      Surgical repair

    • B.

      Surgical puncture

    • C.

      Softening

    Correct Answer
    A. Surgical repair
    Explanation
    The term "plasty" refers to a surgical procedure or technique. It is commonly used to indicate a surgical repair or reconstruction of a body part or tissue. This can involve reshaping, repositioning, or reinforcing the affected area to restore its normal function or appearance. Therefore, "surgical repair" is the correct answer as it accurately describes the meaning of the term "plasty."

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  • 30. 

    Plegia

    • A.

      Paralysis

    • B.

      Breathing

    • C.

      Decrease

    Correct Answer
    A. Paralysis
    Explanation
    Plegia refers to a condition of paralysis, which is the inability to move or control certain parts of the body. It is characterized by a loss of muscle function and can affect various body parts or the entire body. The other options, breathing and decrease, are not synonymous with plegia and do not accurately describe the condition.

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  • 31. 

    Pnea

    • A.

      Breathing

    • B.

      Decrease

    • C.

      Fear

    Correct Answer
    A. Breathing
    Explanation
    The given answer "breathing" is the correct answer because "pnea" is a medical term that refers to the act of breathing. It is derived from the Greek word "pnoia" which means breathing. Therefore, "breathing" is the appropriate term that relates to the given word.

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  • 32. 

    Rrhaphy

    • A.

      Suture

    • B.

      Flow,discharge

    • C.

      Speech

    Correct Answer
    A. Suture
    Explanation
    The correct answer is suture. Suture refers to the act of sewing or stitching together a wound or incision in order to promote healing and closure. In the context of the given options, suture is the only term that is directly related to the medical procedure of suturing. Flow, discharge, and speech are unrelated to the concept of suturing.

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  • 33. 

    Rrhea

    • A.

      Flow,discharge

    • B.

      Suture

    • C.

      Urine

    Correct Answer
    A. Flow,discharge
    Explanation
    The term "rrhea" is a suffix used in medical terminology to indicate a flow or discharge of a substance. It is commonly used to describe abnormal or excessive discharges from various parts of the body. In this context, "flow" and "discharge" are synonymous and accurately describe the meaning of the term "rrhea".

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  • 34. 

    Scopy

    • A.

      Visual examination

    • B.

      Instrument to view

    • C.

      Treatment

    Correct Answer
    A. Visual examination
  • 35. 

    Stenosis

    • A.

      Structure,narrowing

    • B.

      Suture

    • C.

      Crushing

    Correct Answer
    A. Structure,narrowing
    Explanation
    Stenosis refers to the abnormal narrowing of a structure. This narrowing can occur in various parts of the body, such as blood vessels, the spine, or the digestive system. It can be caused by factors like inflammation, injury, or the buildup of plaque. The term "structure, narrowing" accurately describes the condition of stenosis, as it highlights both the affected structure and the narrowing that occurs. The other options, "suture" and "crushing," do not accurately describe stenosis.

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  • 36. 

    Stomy

    • A.

      Forming new opening

    • B.

      Mouth

    • C.

      Incision

    Correct Answer
    A. Forming new opening
    Explanation
    The word "stomy" is derived from the Greek word "stoma" which means "mouth" or "opening". In medical terminology, "stomy" refers to the surgical procedure of creating a new opening or passage in the body. Therefore, the correct answer "forming new opening" accurately describes the meaning of "stomy".

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  • 37. 

    Tomy

    • A.

      Instrument to cut

    • B.

      Incision, cut into

    • C.

      Crushing

    Correct Answer
    B. Incision, cut into
    Explanation
    The given answer "incision, cut into" accurately describes the action of using an instrument to cut into something. This implies that the instrument is being used to create a deliberate opening or a surgical cut. The other options such as "crushing" and "tomy" do not convey the same meaning as "incision, cut into" and therefore are not the correct answer.

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  • 38. 

    Tripsy

    • A.

      Crushing

    • B.

      Cut into

    • C.

      Tumor

    Correct Answer
    A. Crushing
  • 39. 

    A,an

    • A.

      Without,not,absent

    • B.

      Away from

    • C.

      Slow

    Correct Answer
    A. Without,not,absent
    Explanation
    The given correct answer "without, not, absent" suggests that the words "a" and "an" indicate the absence or lack of something, as they are used to negate or negate the presence of a noun. These words imply the idea of "not having" or "being without" something. Additionally, "without" and "not" are commonly used to express negation or the opposite of something. Therefore, the answer implies that "a" and "an" signify the absence or lack of something, while "without" and "not" indicate the opposite or negation of a concept or action.

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  • 40. 

    Amb,ambi

    • A.

      Both,on two sides

    • B.

      Away from

    • C.

      Excessive

    Correct Answer
    A. Both,on two sides
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "both, on two sides." This means that "amb" and "ambi" can both be used to indicate something that is on two sides. The prefix "amb" comes from Latin and is used to denote "both" or "on both sides." Similarly, the prefix "ambi" also comes from Latin and has the same meaning. Therefore, both "amb" and "ambi" can be used interchangeably to convey the concept of being on two sides.

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  • 41. 

    Dys

    • A.

      Bad,painful,difficult

    • B.

      Slow

    • C.

      Two

    Correct Answer
    A. Bad,painful,difficult
    Explanation
    The word "dys" is a prefix that means "bad," "painful," or "difficult." It is commonly used in medical terminology to indicate abnormal or impaired functioning. Therefore, the correct answer is "bad," "painful," and "difficult" as these words accurately describe the meaning of the prefix "dys."

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  • 42. 

    Inter

    • A.

      Between

    • B.

      Within

    • C.

      New

    Correct Answer
    A. Between
    Explanation
    The word "between" is the correct answer because it means "in the middle of" or "in the space separating two objects or places." It is used to describe a location or position that is in the middle or surrounded by two or more things. In the given options, "between" is the only word that fits this definition and accurately describes the concept of being in the middle or separating two entities.

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  • 43. 

    Intra

    • A.

      Within

    • B.

      Between

    • C.

      Under

    Correct Answer
    A. Within
    Explanation
    The word "intra" means "within" or "inside." It is used to describe something that occurs within a particular group or organization. For example, "intra-company communication" refers to communication that happens within a company. Therefore, the correct answer is "within."

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  • 44. 

    Para

    • A.

      Near,beside,around

    • B.

      Small

    • C.

      After,behind

    Correct Answer
    A. Near,beside,around
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "near, beside, around" because these words indicate proximity or closeness to something. They suggest that the subject is in close proximity to another object or person, either next to it, surrounding it, or in the near vicinity.

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  • 45. 

    Peri

    • A.

      Around

    • B.

      Half

    • C.

      Two

    Correct Answer
    A. Around
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