2.1 Introduction to Suffixes

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to

  1. Define the term “suffix”
  2. List common symptom-related suffixes
  3. List common treatment-related suffixes
  4. Identify key medical concepts discussed in this chapter
  5. Define common medical terms related to suffixes discussed in this chapter
  6. Describe common excisions, infections, pathologies, and procedures related to suffixes discussed in this chapter

Chapter Overview

This chapter covers the most common suffixes used in medical terminology, including their meaning and purpose. You were introduced to suffixes in Chapter 1, and because of the common and sometimes complex nature of their use in medical terminology, you will see some of those suffixes again in this chapter. These suffixes will be elaborated on and applied in medical terms that you will often see in healthcare settings. You will also be introduced to treatment- and symptom-related suffixes and concepts. There will be ample practice throughout this chapter to solidify this knowledge and prepare you for further chapters where these concepts will be used.



Unless otherwise indicated, material on this page has been adapted from the following resource:

Carter, K., & Rutherford, M. (2020). Building a medical terminology foundation. eCampus Ontario. https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/medicalterminology/ licensed underĀ CC BY 4.0



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