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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
-labile unstable, perishable
labi/o lip
lacrim/o tear; tear duct; lacrimal duct
lact/o milk
lal/o, -lalia speech, babble
lamin/o lamina
lampr/o clear
lapar/o abdominal wall; abdomen
-lapse to slide, fall, sag
laryng/o larynx (voice box)
later/o side
lecith/o yolk, ovum
lei/o smooth
leiomy/o smooth (visceral) muscle
-lemma sheath; covering
lepid/o plakes, scales
lepr/o leprosy
-lepsy seizure
lept/o thin, slender
-leptic to seize, take hold of
leth/o death
leuk/o white
levo- left
lex/o word; phrase
-lexia word; phrase
lien/o spleen
ligament/o ligament
ligat/o binding, tying
lim/o hunger
lingu/o tongue
lip/o fat; lipid
-lipsis omit, fail
-listhesis condition of stones
lith/o stone, calculus
-lithotomy incision (for removal) of a stone
lob/o lobe
logad/o whites of the eyes
-logist specialist
log/o study
-logy study (process of)
loph/o ridge
lord/o curve; swayback
lox/o oblique, slanting
-lucent to shine
lumb/o lower back; loin
lumin/o light
lute/o yellow
lux/o to slide
lymph/o lymph
ly/o to dissolve, loosen
lymphaden/o limph gland (node)
lymphangi/o lymph vessel
-lysis breakdown; separation; destruction; loosening
-lytic to reduce, destroy, separate; breakdown
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