Medical Terminology Prefixes #3

Medical Term Free Premed Student Guide

Learn how to memorize the Cata, Con, Contra, Circum, and De Medical Term Prefix meaning defintions in today’s Medical Terminology Course video for Pre-Med and Nursing Students.

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Medical Terms Prefixes Memorized

  • cata- = reverse
  • con- = together
  • contra- = opposed
  • circum- = around
  • de- = remove

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.

cata- = reverse

cata- = cat + apple
reverse = walking backwards

Story: Cat was walking backwards and ran into an apple

Term Use
cataplasia= degenerative reversion of cells or tissue to a less differentiated form
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

circum- = around

circum- = circus + gum
around = wrapped around

Story: Circus was wrapped around with gum

Term Use
circumanal = surrounding the anus
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

con- = together

con- = ice cream cone
together = joining together

Story: Placed ice cream together on top of the cone

Term Use
concentric = describing two or more circles that have a common center
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

contra- = opposed

contra- = conch shell + trap
opposed = opposed (action)

Story: The conch shell and mouse trap were opposed to being near each other

Term Use
contraception = prevention of conception or impregnation
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

de- = remove entirely

de- = letter “D”
remove entirely = take away a section, like a backwards “C”

Story: Removed the long part of the letter “D” and now it looks “C”

Term Use
decapitation = removal of a head
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

That’s It! You now know how to memorize Cata, Con, Contra, Circum, and De 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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