Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tackling The Veterinary Terminology: Roots (cephalo-)

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.

The root word usually describes a body part involved. 
cephalo- [sef′ə lō, -lə] - head

The upper or anterior division of the animal body that contains the brain, the chief sense organs, and the mouth ~Merriam-Webster


Now the words, such as brachycephalic, start to make more sense, don't they?

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Veterinary Suffixes (-iasis) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-tomy) 
Veterinary Suffixes (-ectomy)  
Veterinary Suffixes (-scopy) 
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Veterinary Suffixes (-opsy)
Veterinary Suffixes (-ac/-al)

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Veterinary Prefixes (hypo-)
Veterinary Prefixes (pyo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (myo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (myelo-)
Veterinary Prefixes (spondylo-)
Veterinary Prefixes (cardio-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (cervic-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (osteo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (fibro-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (broncho-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (hemo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (brady-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (tachy-)
Veterinary Prefixes (hepat-)
Veterinary Prefixes (gastr-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (laryng-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (anti-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (endo-) 
Veterinary Prefixes (exo-) 
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Veterinary Roots (cardi(o)-)

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