Tag Archives: word roots

Word Root Worksheet: Nephr/o

Today is April 19. On this day in 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord occurred, which effectively began the American Revolution. Also on this day, in 1943, against odds by any definition impossible, the the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began.

Here is a word root worksheet on the Greek root nephr/o. It means kidney. Hence, the medical specialist who deals with kidneys is a nephrologist.

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Word Root Exercise: My/o

Ok, it’s just before the final period on a Friday afternoon, and as I work to clear off my computer desktop before shutting down and leaving, I find that I left this worksheet on the Greek word root my/o (it means muscle) lying around, so I’ll throw it up for your use.

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Word Root Exercise: Leuk/o, Leuc/o

Today is April 11. On this day on 1938, the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America organized itself into a body; therefore, it is Barbershop Quartet Day as well. Also on this day, in 1945, Allied troops entered the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany. It was the first of the Nazi concentration camps to be liberated.

Here is a word root worksheet on the Greek word roots leuk/o and leuc/o. They mean “white” and “colorless.”

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Word Root Exercise: Hepta, Hept

Here, on the final day of January, 2018, is a short exercise on the Greek word roots hepta and hept. They mean seven.

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Word Root Exercise: Hepat/o

Here is a short worksheet on the Greek word root hepat/o. It means liver.

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Word Root Exercise: Erythr/o

Here is a short exercise on the Greek word root etrythr/o; it means red.

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A Greek Word Root Checklist for Students in the Healthcare Professions

While I work in Lower Manhattan, I live way up in the the North Bronx. So, I have a long commute every day. Whether I take the 2 or the 5 train, I pass by 149th Street and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The post office at that intersection has a Ben Shahn Mural in it; across the street is Hostos Community College, named after legendary Puerto Rican educator Eugenia Maria de Hostos and a part of our City’s respected engine of social mobility, The City University of New York, or CUNY.

Often, I will see Hostos students on the train, and I am aware that many of them are nursing students by virtue of the fact that they are wearing scrubs. The other thing that gives them away is their attention to their Greek word root flashcards, or by the fact that pairs of young people are drilling each other on those same Greek word roots. Ever since Hippocrates, and certainly before that, given that ancient Greece is the birthplace of science, philosophy, and the language in which those disciplines are expressed, the language of medicine has been Greek.

So for those of you pursuing careers in health care or the allied professions, here is a list of Greek word roots that form the basis of many words you will use in your professional lives. I hope you find it useful.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.