Medical Terminology Prefixes #2

Medical Term Free Premed Student Guide

Learn how to memorize the Anti, Apo, Auto, Bi, and Brachy Medical Term Prefix meaning definition in today’s Medical Terminology Course video for Pre-Med and Nursing Students.

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  • anti- = against
  • apo- = away from
  • auto- = self
  • bi- = two
  • brachy- = short

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

anti- = against

anti- = ant + tie
against = fighting against

Story = Ant was fighting against a tie

Term Use
antibody = an immunoglobulin produced by B-lymphocytes in response to bacteria, viruses, or other antigenic substances. An antibody is specific to an antigen.
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

apo- = away from

apo- = apple with pole
away from = action of staying away from

Story: Ape is mad at the pole so it’s staying away from it

Term Use
apochromatic = Free from spherical and chromatic aberrations.
[Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners]

auto- = self

auto- = automobile
self = self-driving

Story: The automobile car is self-driving around town

Term Use
autecic = Denoting a parasite that infects, throughout its entire existence, the same host.
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

bi- = two

bi- = bicycle
two = two wheels

Story: Bicycle has two wheels

Term Use
biarticular = to divide into joints having two joints.
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

brachy- = short

brachy- = brick
short = shorty

Story: Brick was a shorty and couldn’t reach the high wall

Term Use
brachydactylic = an abnormal shortness of the fingers and toes
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

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.

That’s It! You now know how to memorize Anti, Apo, Auto, Bi, Brachi Medical Term Prefixes! Just review a little bit and you will have these words fully memorized come test day.

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