Prefix Myo


prefix myo words

The prefix myo- means “muscle” and is a used with medical terms, such as;

  • Myoglobin – this is a disorder that damages the muscles ability to relax.
  • Myotonia – this is a condition that causes the muscle to spasm erratically.
  • Myocardium – this is the name for one of the muscular layers in the heart.
  • Myocardial – refers to the muscular tissue of the heart.

It can also be used in the middle of words, such as;

  • Cardiomyopathy – this refers to a condition in which the heart muscle thickens.
  • Leiomyoma – this refers to a benign muscular tumor.
  • Polymyositis – this is the name for an inflammatory muscular disease.

As you can see from the examples above, medical terms that contain -myo are associated with terms, symptoms or conditions that concern the muscle.


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