Roots Pertaining to the Female Reproductive System

TABLE 15-1 Roots for Female Reproduction and the Ovaries

ROOT

MEANING

EXAMPLE

DEFINITION OF EXAMPLE

gyn/o, gynec/o*

woman

gynecology gi-ne-KOL-o-je

study of diseases of women

men/o, mens

month, menstruation

premenstrual pre-MEN-stru-al

before a menstrual period

oo

ovum, egg cell

oocyte O-o-sit

cell that gives rise to an ovum

ov/o

ovum, egg cell

ovulation ov-u-LA-shun

release of an ovum from the ovary

ovari/o

ovary

ovarian o-VAR-e-an

pertaining to an ovary

oophor/o

ovary

oophorotomy o-of-o-ROT-o-me

incision of an ovary

*This root may also be pronounced with a soft g, as in jin-e-KOL-o-je.

*This root may also be pronounced with a soft g, as in jin-e-KOL-o-je.

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