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Aug 122014

-ectomy

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Suffix denoting removal of a structure or organ by cutting. For example, tonsillectomy or diskectomy.

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Aug 122014

-itis

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Word suffix indicating┬ádiseases characterized by inflammation or swelling, such as “arthritis” or “laryngitis”.

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Aug 132014

-pathy

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Suffix denoting damage to, disease of or abnormality, such as “arthropathy” (joint disease) or “angiopathy” (heart disease). From the ancient Greek word pathos meaning suffering.

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Aug 132014

-plasty

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Suffix meaning molding, formation or repair, such as “angioplasty” (widening of heart artery) or “arthroplasty” (joint replacement). From the ancient Greek word plassein meaning “to shape”.

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