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Formation of Medical Terms: Exercise 1

You already have learned some of the general terms associated with the cancer patient and tumor registries. For instance, you have learned that the two basic types of cancer are called carcinoma and sarcoma. Below is an analysis of the word elements of these terms.

Medical Term Word Element Meaning
carcinoma carcin A root meaning cancer, crab
oma A suffix meaning tumor
sarcoma sarc A root meaning flesh, connective tissue
oma A suffix meaning tumor

Question:

Terms such as chondroma, lipoma, and cystadenoma refer to _______.

Type a word in the text input field below that completes the sentence above. When you are done, click "Check Answer" button to check your answer.