Letter P – Cusis Medical Term Medical Terminology – A to Z

Cusis Medical Term Medical terminology is used to precisely describe the human body components, processes, illnesses, medical procedures, and pharmacology. Medical terms are used in the field of medicine, and clinical settings. This section deals with all med terms beginning with the letter P, and features roots, suffixes and prefixes in medical terminology.

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pachy-  heavy; thick
-pagus  conjoined twins
palat/o  palate (roof of mouth)
pale/o  old
pali-  recurrence, repetition
palliat/o  to soothe, relieve
palpebr/o  eyelid
palp/o, palpat/o  to touch gently
palpit/o  flutter, throbbing
pan-  all
pancreat/o  pancreas
pant/o  all, whole
papill/o  nipple-like; optic disc
papul/o  papule, pimple
par-  other than; abnormal
para-  near; beside; abnormal; apart from; along the side of
-para  to bear, bring forth (live births)
-parous  to bear, bring forth
parasit/o  parasite
parathyroid/o  parathyroid glands
-paresis  weakness
-pareunia  sexual intercourse
-partum  birth; labor
patell/a  patella
patell/o  patela
path/o  disease
-pathy  disease; emotion
pector/o  chest
pedicul/o  louse
ped/o  child; foot
pelv/i  pelvis; hip region
pelv/o  pelvis; hip region
pend/o  to hang
-penia  deficiency
-pepsia  digestion
per-  through
percuss/o  to tap
peri-  surrounding
perine/o  perineum
peritone/o  peritoneum
per/o  deformed, maimed
perone/o  fibula
perspir/o  breathe through
petr/o  stone, petrous region of temporal bone
-pexy  fixation; to put in place
phac/o  lens of eye
phag/o  eat; swallow
-phage  eat; swallow
-phagia  eating; swallowing
phak/o  lens of eye
phalang/o  phalanges (of fingers and toes)
phall/o  penis
phaner/o  visible, apparent
pharmac/o  drug
pharmaceut/o  drug
pharyng/o  throat (pharynx)
phas/o  speech
-phasia  speech
phe/o  dusky; dark
-pheresis  removal
phil/o  like; love; attraction to
-phil  attraction for
-philia  attraction for
phim/o  muzzle
phleb/o  vein
phob/o  fear
-phobia  fear
phon/o  voice; sound
-phonia  voice; sound
-phor/o  to bear
-phoresis  carrying; transmission
-phoria  to bear, carry; feeling (mental state)
phosphat/o  phosphate
phot/o  light
phren/o  diaphragm; mind
-phthisis  wasting away
-phylaxis  protection
phyl/o  race, species, type
physi/o  nature; function
physic/o  physical, natural
-physis  to grow
phys/o  air, gas
phyt/o  plant
-phyte  plant
picr/o  bitter
pies/i, -piesis  pressure
pil/o  hair
pimel/o  fat, fatty
pineal/o  pineal gland
pin/o  to drink
pituitar/o  pituitary gland
-plakia  plaque
plan/o  flat, level, wandering
plant/o  sole of the foot
plas/o  development; formation
-plasia  development; formation
-plasm  formation; structure
-plastic  pertaining to formation
-plasty  surgical repair
platy-  broad, flat
ple/o  more; many
-plegia  paralysis; palsy
-plegic  paralysis; palsy
pleur/o  pleura
plex/o  plexus; network (of nerves)
-pnea  breathing
pneum/o  lung; air; gas
pneumon/o  lung; air; gas
pod/o  foot
-poiesis  formation
-poietin  substance that forms
poikil/o  varied; irregular
pol/o  extreme
polio-  gray matter (of brain or spinal cord)
poly-  many; much
polyp/o  polyp; small growth
pont/o  pons ( a part of the brain)
por/o, -pore  opening, passageway
-porosis  condition of pores (spaces)
-posia  drinking
posit/o  arrangement, place
post-  after; behind
poster/o  back (of body); behind
-prandial  meal
-praxia  action
pre-  before; in front of
presby/o  old age
primi-  first
pro-  before; forward
proct/o  anus and rectum
pros-  before; forward
pros/o  forward, anterior
prosop/o  face
prostat/o  prostate gland
prot/o  first
prote/o  protein
proxim/o  near
prurit/o  itching
psamm/o  sand, sand-like material
pseudo-  false
psor/o  itching
psych/o  mind
psychr/o  cold
-pterygium  abnormality of the conjunctiva
-ptosis  droop; sag; prolapse; protrude
ptyal/o  saliva
-ptysis  spitting
pub/o  pubis (anterior part of hip bone)
pulmon/o  lung
puls/o, pulsat/o  to beat, beating
-puncture  to pierce a surface
pupill/o  pupil (dark center of eye)
purpur/i  purple
purul/o  pus
py/o  pus
pycn/o  thick, dense
pyel/o  renal pelvis
pyl/e  portal vein
pylor/o  pylorus; pyloric sphincter
pyr/o  fever; fire
pyret/o  fever
pyrex/o  fever
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