Prefixes & Sufixes

The following list is by no means complete, but it may help in understanding some difficult terminology. The following abbreviations are used ; Gr., for the Greek ; L., for the Latin.
Search for glossary terms (regular expression allowed)
Begin with Contains Exact termSounds like
Term Definition
a-or an-

(Gr., without or absent), asexual, without sex anaerobe organism that lives without free oxygen.

ab-

(L., away from or without), aboral, away from the mouth

acr, acri-, acis

(Gr-akris) Outermost top, point, tip

actin-actino

(Gr., ktis-ray)

ad-

(L., toward, upon, or equal), adrenal , relating to the kidney; adduct, to draw one part towards another.

ae

(L., plural ending of singular Latin nouns ending in a) alga and algae

aer-

(Gr, air), aerobe , organism that requires free air.

alb

(L., white), albino , organism exhibiting no pigment.

algia

(Gr., pain), neuralgia , pain in a nerve.

ambi-

(L., both), ambidextrous , being able to use eitherhand.

ambly

(Gr., ambulus, dull, dim) e.g. amblypoda, rangeextinct animals of the Eocene period.

amphi-

(Gr., on both sides), Amphibia , class of vertebrateanimals living in water and on land.

amyl-

(L., starch), amylase enzyme that changes starch to sugar.

ana-

(Gr., back or again), anabolism , building-up processof metabolism.

angio-

(Gr., enclosed), angiosperm , plant with enclosed or protected seeds.

ante-

(L., before in time or space), antedorsal , placed before dorsal.

antho-

(Gr., anthos = flower), Anthozoa-flower-like coelenterates.

anti-

(Gr., opposed or opposite), antitoxin , antibody opposed to or neutralizing a toxin.

antr-

(L., cavity), antrum , cavity of a bone.

apo-

(Gr., away or separate), apodeme , ingrowth from the exo-skeleton of most arthropods.

aqua-

(L., water), aquatic , living in water.

arch-

(Gr., early or chief), archenteron , early digestive tract or enteron ; Archeozoic , earliest era of geologic history.

areol-

(L., space), areolar , containing minute spaces.

arthr-

(Gr., joint), Arthropoda , phylum of invertebrateanimals with jointed appendages or feet.

asco-

(Gr., sac or bag), Ascomycetes , class of sac-bearing fungi.

aster-

(Gr., star), Asteroidea , class of echinoderms resembling stars.

auto-

(Gr., self), autosynthesis , self-building up.

axo, ax, axio, axon

(Gr., axine-axis)-pertaining to an axis.

Advertisement

Useful Sites

  • NCBI

    National Center for Biotechnology Information
  • LTO

    Lab Tests Online® by AACC
  • ASCP

    American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • ASM

    American Society for Microbiology
  • The Medical Library®

    Project of BioScience.pk
Advertisement

Connect With Us

Contact Us

All comments and suggestions about this web site are very welcome and a valuable source of information for us. Thanks!

Tel: +(92) 302 970 8985-6

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.bioscience.pk



This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.

Our Sponsors

InsightGadgets.comPathLabStudyTheMedicalLibrary.orgThe Physio ClubB2BPakistan.com

By using BioScience.pk you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience on this website.