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All other vowels and consonants have ordinary English sounds.
(PRONUNCIATION GUIDELINES)
RULE 1
A WR is used before a suffix that begins with a vowel.
c and g are given the soft sound of s an
j, respectively, before e, i,
and y in words of both Greek
and Latin origins.
examples: cerebum, circumcision, cycle,
gel, gingivitis, giant, gyrate
RULE 2
A combining vowel is used to link a WR to a suffix that begins with a consonant and to link a WR to another WR to form a compound word.
e and es, when forming the final letter
or letters of a word, are
often pronounced as separate
syllables.
examples: syncope, systole, nares,
ch is sometimes pronounced like k.
examples: cholesterol, cholera, cholemia
Three Basic Steps for Defining Medical Words
FIRST, define the SUFFIX, or last part
of the word.

SECOND, define the PREFIX, or first
part of the word.

LAST, define the MIDDLE of the word.
i at the end of a word (to form a plural) is pronounced "eye".
examples: bronchi, fungi, nuclei
pn at the beginning of a word is pronounced with only the n sound.
examples: pneumonia, pneumotoxin
Two Basic Rules for Building Medical Words
RULE 1 A WR is used before a suffix
that begins with a vowel.

RULE 2 A combining vowel is used to
link a WR to a suffix that
begins with a consonant and to
link a WR to another WR to
form a compound word.
ps is pronounced like s.
examples: psychology, psychosis
ae and oe, only the second vowel is
pronounced.
examples: bursae, pleaurae, roentgen