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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
dacry/o tear
dacryoaden/o tear gland
dacryocyst/o tear sac; lacriman sac
dactyl/o fingers; toes
de- lack of; down; less; removal of
dem/o people
dent/i tooth
derm/o skin
-derma skin
dermat/o skin
desicc/o drying
-desis to bind; tie together
dextr/o right
dia- complete; through
diaphor/o sweat
-dilation widening; stretching; expanding
dilat/o to enlarge, expand
dipl/o double
dips/o thirst
dis- apart, to separate
dist/o far; distant
dolich/o long
dolor/o pain
dors/o back (of body)
dorsi- back
-dote to give
-drome to run
duct/o to lead; carry
duoden/o duodenum
dur/o dura mater
dynam/o power, strength
-dynia pain
dys- bad: painful: difficult: abnormal
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