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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
half demi, hemi, semi
hallucin/o hallucination
hapl/o simple, single
helc/o ulcer
heli/o sun
-helminth worm
hem/o blood
hemat/o blood
hemi- half
hemoglobin/o hemoglobin
hepat/o liver
heredo- heredity
herni/o hernia
-hexia habit
hidr/o sweat
hirsut/o hairy
hirund/i leech
hist/o tissue
histi/o tissue
holo- entire, complete
home/o sameness; unchanging; constant
hormon/o hormone
hymen/o hymen
humer/o humerous
hydr/o water
hygr/o moisture
hyper- above; excessive
hypn/o sleep
hypo- deficient; below; under; less than normal
hypophys/o pituitary gland
hypothalam/o hypothalamus
hypsi- high
hyster/o uterus; womb
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