Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tackling The Veterinary Terminology: Prefixes (broncho-)

Remember the Spelling Bee? Big words are easier to tackle when you understand how they're put together. Veterinary terms are composed in the same way. Just like with other words, the main parts of a veterinary term are a prefix, a root, and a suffix. The difference is that they typically come more directly from Greek or Latin.

A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to modify its meaning by providing additional information. It usually indicates number, location, time, or status.
broncho- [brong'kō] - from Greek - of or relating to bronchi

Bronchi are any of the large passageways carrying air from the trachea to the lungs.

Image Glendale Animal Hospital

One picture is worth of a thousand words, right?

But, of course, you already knew all this, didn't you? The most common condition affecting the bronchi? Infectious tracheobronchitis, aka kennel cough.



In general, bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, which can be caused by things other than an infection as well, such as allergies or inhaled irritants.

Chronic bronchitis is typically a non-infectious inflammatory condition. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by an infection.

Bronchopneumonia is the inflammation of both the airways as well as lung tissue.

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Veterinary Suffixes (-oma) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-pathy)  
Veterinary Suffixes (-osis) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-iasis) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-tomy) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-ectomy)  
Veterinary Suffixes (-scopy) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-emia)
Veterinary Suffixes (-penia)
Veterinary Suffixes (-rrhea) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-cyte) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-blast) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-opsy)
Veterinary Suffixes (-ac/-al)

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Veterinary Prefixes (hypo-)
Veterinary Prefixes (pyo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (myo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (myelo-)
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Veterinary Prefixes (cardio-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (cervic-) 
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Veterinary Prefixes (fibro-)

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