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-able
capable of

Example: remarkable

NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-ible
capable of

Example: extractible


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-ac
pertaining to

Example: hemophiliac


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-al
pertaining to

Example: fundal, antidiarrheal


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-an
pertaining to

Example: geriatrician


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-ar
pertaining to

Example: auricular


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-ary
pertaining to

Example: maxillary


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-eal
pertaining to

Example: nasopharyngeal


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-ic
pertaining to

Example: idiopathic


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-ive
pertaining to

Example: degenerative, digestive


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-tic
pertaining to

Example: pancreatic


NOTE: this suffix changes the part of speech it is attached to from a noun to an adjective.
-ase
enzyme



Example: amylase
-algia
pain



Example: myalgia
-cele
hernia (protrusion of an organ through its containing wall)



Example: cystocele
-centesis
procedure to aspirate fluid



Example: paracentesis or cephalocentesis (surgical puncture of the head)
-ectasia
dilatation or dilation

Example: telangiectasia

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-ectasis
dilatation or dilation

Example: bronchiectasis

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-ectomy
excision or removal


Example: appendectomy
-edema
swelling

Example: lymphedema

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-emesis
vomiting

Example: hematemesis

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-emia
blood


Ex: anemia
-genic
beginning or producing


Ex: osteogenic
-genesis
beginning or producing

Ex: angiogenesis

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-gram
record


Ex: cholangiogram
-graph
instrument for recording


Ex: polygraph
-graphy
process of recording


Ex: echocardiography
-iasis
condition


Ex: psoriasis
-ism
condition


Ex: botulism
-ist
one who


Ex: psychologist
-itis
inflammation


Ex: pancreatitis
-ium
membrane


Ex: ischium
-kinesia
movement or motion

Ex: dyskinesia

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-kinesis
movement or motion

Ex: hypokinesis

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-logist
specialist


Ex: radiologist
-logy
study of


Ex: pathology
-lysis
loosening or freeing or breaking apart or destroying

Ex: adhesiolysis

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-lytic
pertaining to destruction or freeing or loosening or breaking apart.

Ex: hemolytic

NOTE: Notice that this is an adjectival ending attached to this suffix. See page 19 of MWB for further explanation.
NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-malacia
softening


Ex: chondromalacia
-mania
preoccupation

Ex: pyromania

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-megaly
enlargement


Ex: cardiomegaly
-meter
unit or instrument of measure


Ex: alucometer
-metry
process of measuring


Ex: geometry
-oid
resembling


Ex: adenoid
-oma
tumor


Ex: lymphoma
-opia
vision


Ex: diplopia
-ose
sugar


Ex: glucose
-osis
condition - which is usually abnormal (proliferation of or an increased number of)


Ex: ptosis

NOTE: This particular meaning of condition is usually abnormal. See page 24 of MWB for further explanation.
-ous
pertaining to or characterized by


Ex: mucous
-pathy
disease or abnormality


Ex: adenopathy
-penia
deficiency


Ex: osteopenia
-pexy
surgical fixation


Ex: cystopexy
-phagia
eating or swallowing


Ex: dysphagia
-phagic
eating or swallowing


Ex: dysphagic (adj)
-phagy
eating or swallowing


Ex: dysphagy (noun)
-phasia
speech


Ex: dysphasia
-phobia
abnormal fear

Ex: agoraphobia

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-plasty
surgical repair


Ex: arthroplasty
-plegia
paralysis


Ex: paraplegia
-rrhage
excessive bleeding, flow or discharge


Ex: hemorrhage
-rrhagia
excessive bleeding, flow or discharge


Ex: gastrorrhagia
-rrhaphy
suture


Ex: herniorrhaphy
-rrhea
flow or discharge



Ex: diarrhea
-rrhexis
rupture



Ex: capsulorrhexis
-sclerosis
hardening



Ex: atherosclerosis
-scopy
examination with an instrument



Ex: colonoscopy
-spasm
twitching

Ex: bronchospasm

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-stomy
forming of an opening



Ex: tracheostomy
-stasis
stopping

Ex: hemostasis

NOTE: This suffix can also stand alone as an independent word.
-tome
an instrument for cutting



Ex: osteotome
-tomy
incision (cutting into)



Ex: craniotomy, tracheotomy
-tripsy
surgical crushing



Ex: lithotripsy
-trophic
nutrition

Ex: hemotrophic

NOTE: When placed with a root, -trophic creates an adjective.
-trophy
nutrition



Ex: hypertrophy
-cyte
cell


Ex: lymphocyte