Medical Terminology Prefixes #4

Medical Term Free Premed Student Guide

Learn how to memorize the Di, Dia, Dorsi, Dys, and Ec’s 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

  • di- = dice
  • dia- = day (sun)
  • dorsi- = door + see (glasses)
  • dys- = dissing (rapper)
  • ec- = egg

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.

di- = two

di- = die (dice)
two = two

Story: I rolled two dice and got a 2

Term Use
dimorphic = In fungi, a term referring to growth and reproduction in two forms: mold and yeast.
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

dia- = apart

dia- = sun with sombrero (Dia means day in Spanish. I normally use a Mexican sombrero to let me know that I’m using the Spanish version of the image that is associated for that word)
apart = tearing apart

Story: The sun is tearing itself apart

Term Use
diactinism = Having the property of transmitting light capable of bringing about chemical reactions
[Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012]

dorsi- = back

dorsi- = door see (glasses)
back = back

Story: Back was leaning against the door with glasses

Term Use
dorsispinal = relating to the back and spine
[Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners]

dys- = bad

dys- = dis song
bad = bed

Story: He dissed him in his rap song because his bed was difficult to make

Term Use
dyspnea = difficult, labored, or gasping breathing; inspiration, expiration, or both may be involved
[Mosby’s Dental Dictionary, 2nd edition. © 2008 Elsevier, Inc.]

ec- = out of

ec- = egg
out of = taking inside out

Story: Taking the yolk out of the egg

Term Use
ecbolic = causing the pregnant womb to contract and expel its contents
[Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson, 2005]

That’s It! You now know how to memorize Di, Dia, Dorsi, Dys, and Ec 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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