Medical Terminology Crossword: Medical Acronyms

Medical Acronym CrosswordQuestion: Which of the following is a medical acronym?

  • GI tract
  • COPD
  • AIDS
*If you chose AIDS you are correct.

Medical acronyms are abbreviations that can be spoken as a word, usually formed from the first letters of a phrase such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), or AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).

You may ask is COPD an acronym?  The answer is no. Abbreviations pronounced letter by letter, formed from the initial letters of a phrase such as FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are called initialisms, a term not common to most.

Solve the acronym crossword and challenge your knowledge of the terms that form them.

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Reference: Exploring Medical Language 10ED

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