Medical Terminology: Suffix Meanings

-ac, -al, -ar, -ary, -ic, -ine, -ive, -ous
pertaining to

-ation
a process; being or having

-ectomy
surgical excision

-gram
a record or picture

-graphy
process of recording

-ia
condition; state; thing

-iatry
medical treatment

-ion
action; condition

-ism
process; disease from a specific cause

-ist
one who specializes in

-itis
inflammation of; infection of

-logy
the study of

-lysis
process of breaking down or destroying

-megaly
enlargement

-metry
process of measuring

-oma
tumor; mass

-osis
condition: abnormal condition: process

-pathy
disease; suffering

-scope
instrument used to examine

-scopy
process of using an instrument to examine

-stomy
surgically created opening

-therapy
treatment

-tomy
process of cutting or making an incision