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Prefixes & Sufixes

The following list is by no means complete, but it may help in understanding some difficult terminology. The following abbreviations are used ; Gr., for the Greek ; L., for the Latin.
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haem-

(Gr., blood), haemoglobin, (haemoglobin), substance in the blood.

hemi-

(Gr., half), hemisphere , one half of a sphere.

hepat-

(Gr., liver), hepatic, pertaining to the liver.

hetero-

(Gr., other or different), heterogeneous, consisting of different constituents.

hex-

(Gr., six), hexagonal, six sided.

homo-

(Gr., same), homogeneous, of a similar kind.

hyal-

(Gr., glass), hyaline, something that is transparent or glass-like.

hydr-

(Gr., water), dehydrate, to remove water.

hymen-

(Gr., membrane), Hymenoptera, order of insects with membranous wings.

hyper-

(Gr., above), hypersensitive, especially sensitive.

hypo-

(Gr., under), hypoglossal, situated under the tongue.

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