From the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Definitions provided by
the National Institutes of Health
(Definitions of words describing genetic disorders and birth defects.)
Click on a letter to jump to a disorder beginning with that letter
A Quick TUTORIAL
How to Translate Medical Terms into Understandable English
There are simple words, called root words, that describe simple objects or processes.
To describe something more complex, another root word is often added in front of it (a prefix) or following it (a suffix).
To decypher or translate a term into plain English, it must first be broken down into individual Latin words. This can be
done with the section on "Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words" found on above site.