Surgical procedures have long and possibly daunting names. Many have been mentioned on such medical drama shows as ER, or the TLC Network show, Trauma: Life in the ER. The meaning of surgical procedure names can be understood if the name is broken into parts. Let us take an example.

Splenectomy: -tomy is a suffix meaning either the removal, or the "cutting up" of a certain part of the body. Splene- means spleen. So, it is the removal of the spleen (or sections thereof).

List of surgical term roots:

  • angio-
  • bi-
  • -ectomy
  • hyster-
  • lobo-
  • mammo-
  • masto-
  • -oid
  • -opsy
  • -otomy
  • pen-
  • -plasty
  • vas-

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