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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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near point of accomodation closest point in front o fht eeyes that an object can be clearly focused.
near point of convergence maximum extent two eyes can be turned inward
needle aspiration thin needle and syringe to collect tissue or drain lump
neoadjuvant therapy chemotherapy given before surgery or radiation therapy
nephrectomy surgical removal of the kidney
nephropathy diabetic kidney disease
neural plasticity ability of the brain or other parts of nervous system to adapt to new conditions
neural tube defect birth defect that results from failure of the spinal cord or brain to develop normally in a fetus

painful condition caused by disorders in the nervous system

neuritis inflamation of a nerve or nerves
neuropathology study of nervous system
neurotransmitters chemical substances that carry impulses from one nerve cell to another.
noninvasive procedure treatment or procedure that does not require puncturing the skin or entering the body
nonulcer dyspepsia constant pain or discomfort in the upper GI
norepinepherine neurotransmitter found in areas involved in governing autonomic nervous system
nuclear medicine specialized area of radiology uses small amounts of radioacive substances to examine organs and their functions.




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