Medical Terminology Prefixes #7

Medical Term Free Premed Student Guide

Learn how to memorize the Meso, Meta, Opistho, Pachy, and Para’s Medical Term Prefix meaning defintion in today’s Medical Terminology Course video for Pre-Med and Nursing Students.

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Medical Terms Prefixes Memorized

  • meso- = middle
  • meta- = later in time
  • opistho- = rear
  • pachyt- = thick
  • para- = disordered

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.

meso – = middle

meso – = messy mice
middle = in the middle with a mitt

Story: In the middle of their cage, the mice made a mess with their mitts

Term Use
mesoderm = The middle embryonic germ layer, lying between the ectoderm and the endoderm, from which connective tissue, muscle, bone, and the urogenital and circulatory systems develop.
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

meta- = later in time

meta- = mat
later in time = ladder with clock

Story: Used a ladder on a mat to reach the clock up above

Term Use
metestrus = The period following estrus in most female mammals, when the corpus luteum begins to form.
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

opistho- = rear

opistho- = a pistol
rear = rear behind (butt)

Story: A pistol shot him in the rear end

Term Use
opisthomi = An order of eel-like fishes having the scapular arch attached to the vertebrae, but not connected with the skull
[Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary. © 1913]

pachy- = thick

pachy- = back pack
thick = thick

Story: The back pack was very thick because of all of the books inside of it

Term Use
pachyderm = any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

para- = disordered

para- = parachute
disordered = disco ball ordered

Story: The guy was in midair with his parachute as he ordered a disco ball online

Term Use
paranoia = a condition characterized by an elaborate, overly suspicious system of thinking. It often includes delusions of persecution and grandeur usually centered on one major theme
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

That’s It! You now know how to memorize Meso, Meta, Opistho, Pachy, and Para’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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