Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

pancreat(o)- Also pancreatico-.

The pancreas.

[Greek pankreas, pankreat-, from pan, all, plus kreas, flesh.]

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas; a pancreatectomy (Greek ektomē, excision) is its surgical removal; pancreatin is a mixture of enzymes obtained from animal pancreases, given as a medicine to aid digestion; pancreatography is examination of the pancreas by x-rays, ultrasound, or other means. The adjective relating to the pancreas is pancreatic; the less common alternative form pancreatico- has been formed from it by adding the linking vowel -o-: pancreaticoduodenal refers to the pancreas and duodenum considered together.

Visit Michael Quinion’s World Wide Words site for 2000+ articles on English!

Copyright © Michael Quinion 2008–. All rights reserved. Page last updated 23 September 2008.
Your comments and suggestions on the site are very welcome.