Medical Terminology. Unit 11 Descriptive Prefixes, Asepsis, and Pharmacology. Homo- = Same. Homo/genized milk: Has the same amount of cream throughout Homo/gen/eous: Pertaining to the same throughout Homo/gland/ular: Pertaining to the same gland
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Descriptive Prefixes, Asepsis, and Pharmacology
Super- is used more frequently in modern English
Supra- is used more frequently in straight medical wordsSuper-, Supra- = Above
Supra/ren/o/pathySuper-, Supra- = Above
A- is used when followed by a consonant.
An- is used when followed by a vowel
AnuriaA-, An- = Without, Lack of
Outside of, beyond, in addition to
Beyond, after, occurring later in a seriesPrefixes
the tissue upon the skin (outer most layer)
the tissue covering the cranium
The area above the sternum
The tissue upon the heart
Epi/card/ialEpi- = Over, Upon
Dura mater (meninges)
Extra/cerebr/alExtra- = Outside, Beyond
Anti/tussiveDrugs that work against something
Living bacterial infections
Anti/septicAnti- = Against
Agents that prevent sepsis by inhibiting growth of causative organisms.
May be inorganic or organic.
Mostly prescription drugs that inhibit growth or destroy microorganisms, especially bacteria.
Can be bacteriocidal (kill bacteria) or bacteriostatic (inhibit growth)
Chemical or physical agents that prevent infection by killing microorganisms.
Used to clean equipment or surfaces
A process that kills organisms of all sorts.
i.e. autoclave, chemical sterilizationAgents that fight pathogenic organisms
A person who has changed sexes
Use of light across a tube to view organs
Across the vagina
Across the thorax
Across the urethra
Transferring blood from one person to anotherTrans- = Across, Over
American Association of Medical Assistants
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Certified Medical Assistant
Culture and sensitivity (antibiotic)
Female to maleAbbreviation
Met., mets., metas.
Subcu, subq, sc
Male to female
Registered diagnostic medical sonographer
Transurethral resection of the prostate
Cross match (as in blood type and cross match)Abbreviation
Cheaper than the day rate
To live long
When treatment fails
Dang you nearly killed him!
Getting hurt at work
Back door of a cafeteria
More than one
Opposite of “You’re out”Layman’s Medical Terminology