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aer/o
air
Aeroplane is the British spelling of airplane.
blast/o
embryonic form
The names of early (embryonic) forms have -blast endings. For example, embryonic bone cells are osteoblasts.
cancer/o,
carcin/o
cancer
A carcinoma is a cancerous tumor.
cephal/o
head
Cephalic means pertaining to the head.
cry/o
cold
Cryotherapy uses cold temperatures to treat certain conditions.
crypt/o
hidden
A cryptic remark has a hidden meaning. A cryptogram is a message written in code so it has a hidden meaning.
dips/o
thirst
Polydipsia means excessive thirst.
electr/o
electricity
Electr/o will be easy to remember since the combining form is contained in its meaning, electricity.
fibr/o
fiber
Fibrous means containing, consisting of, or resembling fiber.
ger/o,
geront/o
aged
Geriatrics is the medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the aged.
hist/o
tissue
Histocompatibility is the measure of the compatibility of tissue of a donor and recipient.
myc/o
fungus
mycology is a branch of botany that deals with fungi (plural of fungus).
narc/o
stupor
Narcotics are so named because they produce insensibility or stupor.
ne/o
new
Neonatology specializes in the care of the newborn (the first 28 days after birth).
necr/o
dead
Necrosis is localized tissue death in response to disease or injury.
onc/o
swelling or tumor
Oncolytic means pertaining to the destruciton of tumor cells.
optic/o,
opt/o
vision
Optical pertains to vision. An optometrist examines the eye to determine vision and prescribes corrective lenses, if necessary.
orth/o
straight, straighten
An orthodontist is a dentist who straightens teeth.
pharmac/o
drugs, medicine
Medicines are dispensed at a pharmacy.
phon/o
voice
We hear someone's voice when we speak with that person by phone.
phot/o
light
Photography produces images on a film by the action of radiant energy, especially light.
psych/o
mind
Psychology is the study of behavior and the functions nd processes of the mind.
py/o
pus
Pyogenic means pus-producing.
therm/o
heat
Thermal clothing is designed to prevent loss of body heat.
top/o
position, place
Topography is oftn concerned with the making of maps or charts of a particular place or region.
trache/o
trachea (windpipe)
Endotracheal means within the trachea. A second meaning is through the lumen of the trachea.