What’s the difference between arthritis and arthralgia? The answer is in the suffix. Knowing even a few medical suffixes can unlock the meaning of many terms.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Medical Language
Breaking Down Medical Terminology How to approach medical terms by breaking them up into pieces (prefix, root, suffix). Terms relating to parts of the body, direction, rate, amount, medical procedures and diseases are introduced. Watch other
Homonyms -terms that sound alike but have a different meaning, for example, two, too and to, or in medical language, ileum and ilium. They can be confusing. Misuse may cause harm and at the very least be embarrassing. Be safe in their use. Read this post on the proper use of medical homonyms.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see your family name, town, or anatomical structure used as an eponym as in Crohn disease or Lyme disease or Islets of Langerhans? Also, do words such as “fatal” or “epidemic” in the name of diseases cause panic? 1