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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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faci/o face
-facient to cause, make happen
fasci/o fascia (membrane supporting muscles)
febr/i fever
femor/o femur (thigh bone)
-ferent to carry
ferr/i, ferr/o iron
fet/o fetus
fibr/o fiber
fibros/o fibrous connective tissue
fibul/o fibula
-fication process of making
-fida split
fil/i, fil/o, filament/o threat, threadlike
five pent-, penta-, quinque-
flav/o yellow
flex/o to bend
fluor/o luminous
follicul/o follicle; small sac
fore- before, in front
-form resembling; in the shape of
four quadri, tetra-
fovea/o small pit or depression
frig/o, frigid/o cold
funct/o performance
fung/i fungus; mushroom (organism lacking chlorophyll)
furc/o forking; branching
fusc/o dark brown
-fusion to pour; to come together
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