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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
kal/i potassium
kary/o nucleus
kel/o tumor, fibrous growth
kerat/o cornea; hard, horny tissue
keraun/o lightning
kern- nucleus (collection of nerve cells in the brain)
ket/o ketones; acetones
keton/o ketones; acetones
kines/o movement
kinesi/o movement
-kinesis movement
klept/o to steal
koil/o hollow, concave, depressed
kraur/o dry
kym/o waves
kyph/o humpback
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