A true suffix refers to a syllable or a group of syllables attached to the end of a word root (or stem) to modify the meaning of the word root. By adding a suffix to a word root, one may change the meaning of a word, or merely change its grammatical function, i.e., create a noun or an adjective. Following are a few medical terms which commonly used suffixes.
|Medical Term||Suffix||Root Definition|
|cuboid||-oid||like, resembling, in the front of|
|glucose||-ose||composed of carbohydrate|
|hemolysis||-lysis||breakdown, destruction of|