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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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Term Definition
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.

in-

(L., in, into, not, without), invaginate , to infold one part within another.

infra-

(L., below), infraorbital, below the orbit.

inter-

(L., between), intercellular, between cells.

intra-

(L., inside), intracellular, within a cell.

iso

(Gr., equal), isothermic, having equal temperatures.

labi-

(L., lip), labium, lip.

lac-

(L., milk), lactose , milk sugar.

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