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Many terms frequently used in science and medicine are derived from latin words. By combining the root words with, prefixes and suffixes many of the meanings of the terms can be deciphered.

Use the following resources to better understand medical terms:

Medical Roots or Stems
Prefixes commonly used in medical terms
Suffixes commonly used in medical terms

Complete Glossary of Medical Root Words

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ganglion cluster of nerve cells
ganglion cysts fluid-filled cysts are common masses or lumps in the hand usually found on the back of wrists
Gardner's syndrome condition in which many polyps form throughout the digestive tract
gastric related to the stomach
gastrocolic reflex increase of muscle movement in the gastrointestinal tract when food enters an empty stomach
gastroenteritis infection or irritation fo the stomach or intestines
gastroenterology field of medicine related to digestive system
gastrostomy artificial opening in the stomach to a hole in the abdoman
genes responsible for heredity, each has a specific place on a chromosone
glucose simple sugar
gluteus maximus buttock muscle

converts glucose for storage, plays a role in controlling blood sugar levels

granuloma mass of red, irritated tissue in gi track
gustation sensation of tasting.




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