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Prefixes, roots, suffixes  [ L ]

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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Medical 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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