Common Medical Prefixes


As a CNA, you’re bound to take care of more than a few patients with illnesses you’ve never heard of. Want to look and feel smart on the job? Memorize our handy list of medical prefixes to make it that much easier to decipher what Dermatomyositis next time you see it on a chart.

Prefix———————— Meaning

Angio- Related to blood vessels

Brady- Slow

Carcin- Related to cancer

Dis- Bad or ill

Derm- Related to skin

Gastro- Related to stomach

Hema- Related to blood

Hyper- Excessive, over

Lipo- Related to fat

Nephro- Related to the kidney

Osteo- Related to bone

Pneumo- Related to the lungs

Tachy- Fast

common medical prefixes



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