Appendix B

Appendix B

Building a Medical Vocabulary Ch. 1

Complete activities A, B, & C.

A. Use the word bank below to build the medical word that corresponds to each definition in problems 1-8. Click the grey box to begin typing.


1. Pertaining to the liver

2. Pertaining to underneath the skin

3. Surgical removal of the appendix

4. Pertaining to within the vein

5. Disease of many nerves

6. Enlargement of the liver

7. Swelling of the blood

8. Condition of not feeling

B. Define the following word parts.

Pertaining to the heart -ar Pertaining to muscle
Pertaining to uriane -ion Action of digesting food

-osis Abnormal condition of the mind Peri-
Pertaining to around the time of birth
Pertaining to more than normal activity Brady-
Condition of a slow heart
Pertaining to after birth Anti-
Pertaining to a drug that is against psychosis
Dys- Pertaining to abnormal function Laryng/o-
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C. In the following activity, break the medical word into its word parts. Using the word parts, create a definition of the word. Write a sentence using the word in a medical context. Use the table to record your answers.

Medical Word Prefix Combining form Suffix Definition
Etymology Etym/o logy Study of word origin
Sentence:   Where did the word etymology come from?
Mastectomy Mast/o Ectomy Surgical removal of breast
Sentence:   Even though they found cancer I did not have to have a mastectomy.
Neuroma Neur/o Oma Tumor of the nerve
Sentence:   I was told that I had neuroma.
Tachycardia Tachy Cardi/o -a The heart has an abnormal rhythm
Sentence: the doctor explained that I had an abnormal rhythm in my heart and the medical name is tachycardia
Endotracheal Endo Trache/o al Tube that is inserted into...