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Prefixes, roots, suffixes

Prefix: A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to modify or change its meaning. Pre means "before." Prefixes may also indicate a location, number, or time.    Root: central part of a word.   Suffix:  The ending part of a word that modifies the meaning of the word. Example: homeless. Root = 'home' and the suffix is 'less'. It can also refer to a condition, disease, disorder, or procedure.
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Term
Meaning
bacill/o bacilli (bacteria)
bacteri/o bacteria
balan/o glans penis
bar/o pressure; weight
bartholin/o Bartholin glands
bary- weight, pressure
-basia walking
bas/o base; opposite of acid
batho-, bathy- deep, depth
bi- two
bi/o life
bil/i bile; gall
bilirubin/o bilirubin
-blast embryonic; immature cell
-blastoma immature tumor (cells)
blenn/o mucus
blephar/o eyelid
bol/o cast; throw
-boulia will
brachi/o arm
brachy- short
brady- slow
brom/o bromine-containing compound, odor
bronch/o bronchial tube
bronchi/o bronchial tube
bronchiol/o bronchiole
bucc/o cheek
bunion/o bunion
burs/o bursa (sac of fluid near joints)
byssin/o cotton dust
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