CHAPTER 2-SUFFIXES I. SUFFIXES-word elements placed at the end of a word that change the meaning of word. A. Suffixes are used to indicate singular or plural forms and parts of speech. B. Recall that suffixes that begin with a vowel are linked with a root and suffixes that begin with a consonant are linked with a combining form. C. Suffixes are used to describe surgical, diagnostic and pathological situations associated with the human body. They can also be used to emphasize grammatical aspects related to a medical term. 1. Examples pages 15-21. Complete Learning Activities 2-3 and 2-4 pages 24-25 for practice. Be sure that you follow all rules for correctly connecting a word root and a suffix. CHAPTER 3-PREFIXES I. PREFIXES-word element located at the beginning of a word. These modify the meaning of medical terms. A. Prefixes are used to denote position, number, measurement and direction. B. Examples of Prefixes-pages 30-35. Complete Learning Activity 3-2 page 37 for practice.