General Roots and Prefixes

Root or Prefix a, an ab ambul ante anti, ant Meaning not, without away from to walk before against, opposite Examples atheist, anarchy, anonymous apathy, aphasia, anemia absent, abduction, aberrant, abstemious ambulatory, amble, ambulance, somnambulist anteroom, antebellum, antedate antecedent, antediluvian antisocial, antiseptic, antithesis, antibody, antichrist, antinomies, antifreeze, antipathy, antigen, antibiotic audience, auditory, audible, auditorium, audiovisual, audition bedecked, besmirch, besprinkled automobile, automatic, autograph, autonomous, autoimmune benefactor, beneficial, benevolent, benediction, beneficiary, benefit succeed, proceed, precede, recede, secession, exceed, succession chronology, chronic, chronicle chronometer, anachronism fratricide, suicide, incision, excision, circumcision circumnavigate, circumflex, circumstance, circumcision, circumference, circumorbital, circumlocution, circumvent, circumscribe, circulatory include, exclude, clause, claustrophobia, enclose, exclusive, reclusive, conclude convene, compress, contemporary, converge, compact, confluence, concatenate, conjoin, combine contradict, counteract, contravene, contrary, counterspy, contrapuntal credo, credible, credence, credit, credential, credulity, incredulous bicycle, cyclical, cycle, encyclical detach, deploy, derange, deodorize, devoid, deflate, degenerate, deice divinity, divine, deity, divination, deify

audi be auto bene cede, ceed, cess chron cide, cis circum

to hear thoroughly self good, well to go, to yield time to kill, to cut around

clud, clus claus con, com

to close with, together

contra, counter cred cycl de dei, div

against, opposite to believe circle, wheel from, down, away God, god

demo dia dict dis, dys, dif

people through, across, between speak away, not, negative

democracy, demagogue, epidemic diameter, diagonal, dialogue dialect, dialectic, diagnosis, diachronic predict, verdict, malediction, dictionary, dictate, dictum, diction, indict dismiss, differ, disallow, disperse, dissuade, disconnect, dysfunction, disproportion, disrespect, distemper, distaste, disarray, dyslexia produce, abduct, product, transducer, viaduct, aqueduct, induct, deduct, reduce, induce dynamic, dynamometer, heterodyne, dynamite, dynamo, dynasty ectomorph, ectoderm, ectoplasm, ectopic, ectotherm endotoxin, endoscope, endogenous equidistant, equilateral, equilibrium, equinox, equitable, equation, equator emit, expulsion, exhale, exit, express, exclusive, enervate, exceed, explosion external, extrinsic, exterior extraordinary, extra biblical extracurricular, extrapolate, extraneous effluence, influence, effluvium, fluctuate, confluence, reflux, influx flexible, reflection, deflect, circumflex polygraph, grammar, biography, graphite, telegram, autograph, lithograph, historiography, graphic heterodox, heterogeneous, heterosexual, heterodyne homogenized, homosexual, homonym, homophone hyperactive, hypertensive, hyperbolic, hypersensitive, hyperventilate, hyperkinetic hypotension, hypodermic, hypoglycemia, hypoallergenic inviolate, innocuous, intractable, innocent, impregnable, impossible infrared, infrastructure international, intercept, intermission, interoffice, internal, intermittent,

duc, duct

to lead, pull

dyn, dyna ecto endo equi e, ex exter, extra

power outside, external inside, withing equal out, away, from outside of

flu, flux flect, flex graph, gram

flow to bend to write

hetero homo hyper

other same over, above

hypo in, im infra inter, intro

below, less than not beneath between

introvert, introduce intra jac, ject mal within, into to throw bad, badly intranet, intracranial, intravenous reject, eject, project, trajectory, interject, dejected, inject, ejaculate malformation, maladjusted, dismal, malady, malcontent, malfeasance, maleficent megaphone, megalomaniac, megabyte, megalopolis mesomorph, mesoamerica, mesosphere metaphor, metamorphosis, metabolism, metahistorical, metainformation perimeter, micrometer, ammeter, multimeter, altimeter microscope, microprocessor, microfiche, micrometer, micrograph misinform, misinterpret, mispronounce, misnomer, mistake, misogynist transmit, permit, missile, missionary, remit, admit, missive, mission polymorphic, morpheme, amorphous multitude, multipartite, multiply, multipurpose neologism, neonate, neoclassic, neophyte nonferrous, nonabrasive, nondescript omnipotent, omnivorous, omniscient paraprofessional, paramedic, paraphrase, parachute permit, perspire, perforate, persuade periscope, perimeter, perigee, periodontal telephone, phonics, phonograph, phonetic, homophone, microphone photograph, photosynthesis, photon polytheist, polygon, polygamy, polymorphous porter, portable, report, transportation, deport, import, export report, realign, retract, revise, regain retrorocket, retrospect, retrogression, retroactive sanctify, sanctuary, sanction, sanctimonious, sacrosanct

mega meso meta meter micro mis mit, miss morph multi neo non omni para per peri phon phot poly port re retro sanct

great, million middle beyond, change measure small bad, badly to send shape many new not all beside through, intensive around sound light many to carry back, again backwards holy

scrib, script sect, sec semi spect sub super, supra syn tele theo, the therm, thermo tract

to write cut half to look under, below above together distance, from afar God heat to drag, draw

inscription, prescribe, proscribe, manuscript, conscript, scribble, scribe intersect, transect, dissect, secant, section semifinal, semiconscious, semiannual, semimonthly, semicircle inspect, spectator, circumspect, retrospect, prospect, spectacle submerge, submarine, substandard, subnormal, subvert superior, suprarenal, superscript, supernatural, supercede synthesis, synchronous, syndicate television, telephone, telegraph, telemetry theology, theist, polytheist thermal, thermometer, thermocouple, thermodynamic, thermoelectric attract, tractor, traction, extract, retract, protract, detract, subtract, contract, intractable transoceanic, transmit, transport, transducer uncooked, unharmed, unintended vector, vehicle, convection, vehement convert, revert, advertise, versatile, vertigo, invert, reversion, extravert, introvert vital, vitality, vitamins, revitalize

trans un veh, vect vert, vers

across not to carry to turn



Number Prefixes
Prefix mono, uni Meaning one Examples monopoly, monotype, monologue, mononucleosis, monorail, monotheist, unilateral, universal, unity, unanimous, uniform divide, diverge, diglycerides, bifurcate, biweekly, bivalve, biannual triangle, trinity, trilateral, triumvirate, tribune, trilogy quadrangle, quadruplets quintet, quintuplets, pentagon, pentane, pentameter hexagon, hexameter, sestet, sextuplets septet, septennial octopus, octagon, octogenarian, octave nonagon, nonagenarian decimal, decade, decalogue, decimate centennial, century, centipede millennium, kilobyte, kiloton megabyte, megaton, megaflop gigabyte, gigaflop terabyte, teraflop millisecond, milligram, millivolt microgram, microvolt nanosecond, nanobucks picofarad, picocurie femtosecond

bi, di tri quat, quad quint, penta hex, ses, sex sept oct non dec cent mill, kilo mega giga tera milli micro nano pico femto

two three four five six seven eight nine ten hundred thousand million billion trillion thousandth millionth billionth trillionth quadrillionth