Medical Terminology Prefixes #10

Medical Term Free Premed Student Guide

Learn how to memorize the Tauto, Trans, Ultra, Xero, and Zygo’s Medical Term Prefix meaning definition in today’s Medical Terminology Course video for Pre-Med and Nursing Students.

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Medical Terms Prefixes Memorized

  • tauto- = same
  • trans- = through
  • ultra- = excess
  • xero- = dryness
  • zygo- = yoke

The key idea with being able to memorize med terms and vocabulary words is the create pictures for those words.

Just take both the picture for the word and the picture for the definition and visualize an interaction between the two like we did above.

tauto- = same
tauto- = taco + toe
same = duplicate

The chef made 2 tacos with toes, and they all looked the same

Term Use
tautomeral = pertaining to certain neurons that send processes to the white matter on the same side of the spinal cord
[Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners]

trans- = through
trans- = transit bus + tree
through = going through

The transit bus went through the tree

Term Use
transplacental = Crossing the placenta.
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

ultra- = excess
ultra- = umbrella on a truck
excess = excess power pulling an X

Truck with an umbrella excessively pulling an X

Term Use
ultrasound= Sound having a frequency greater than 30,000 Hz.
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

xero- = dryness
xero- = xylophone in the shape of a zero
dryness = desert

The xylophone shaped like a zero was in the desert and somehow it was so dry that you couldn’t play it

Term Use
xerophthalmia = a condition of dry and lusterless corneas and conjunctival areas, usually the result of vitamin A deficiency and associated with night blindness
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

zygo- = yoke
zygo- = zebra and a goat
yoke = egg yolk

Zebra and Goat were eating egg yolks

Term Use
zygogenesis = the formation of a zygote.
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

That’s It! You now know how to memorize Tauto, Trans, Ultra, Xero, and Zygo’s Medical Term Prefixes! Just review a little bit and you will have these words fully memorized come test day.

Remember that if you’re a Pre Med or Nursing Student studying to do well on your exams to get into medical school, the Medical Terminology Mastery Book will teach you the creative memorization techniques to turn Suffixes, Prefixes, Abbreviations, and any medical vocabulary root word into an easy to learn mnemonic. 

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