Word Parts Pertaining to Respiration

TABLE 11-1 Suffixes for Respiration

SUFFIX

MEANING

EXAMPLE

DEFINITION OF EXAMPLE

-pnea

breathing

orthopnea_ or-THOP-ne-a

difficulty in breathing except in an upright (-ortho) position

-oxia*

level of oxygen

hypoxia hi-POK-se-a

decreased amount of oxygen in the tissues

-capnia*

level of carbon dioxide

hypercapnia hi-per-KAP-në-a

increased carbon dioxide in the tissues

-phonia

voice

dysphonia dis-FO-ne-a

difficulty in speaking

*When referring to levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood, the suffix -emia is used, as in hypoxemia, hypercapnemia.

*When referring to levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood, the suffix -emia is used, as in hypoxemia, hypercapnemia.

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