Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Language
Medical Terminology Quiz on Suffixes
Medical suffixes are attached at the end of a medical word root to change its meaning. Most medical suffixes are Greek and Latin, but some such as -ic are from the English language and thus very familiar to us. Suffixes indicate medical tests, and conditions, procedures.
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Medical eponyms are diseases named after a person or place such as Ebola virus named after a river in Zaire where an outbreak of Ebola occurred in 1976.
Parkinson disease and Hodgkin disease are examples of eponyms named after persons, both physicians associated with identifying the diseases.
The modern trend is to use the non-possessive form of eponyms as in Crohn disease instead of Crohn’s disease. The “d” in disease remains lower case. The crossword answers are in the non-possessive form.
Medical prefixes are added to the beginning of a word root to modify its meaning.
- plasia means development
- add the prefix hyper meaning excessive to create hyperplasia
- now it means excessive development
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Definitions from Exploring Medical Language 10th Edition
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Question: Which of the following is a medical acronym?
- GI tract
*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. View in vertical, if using an iPad.
Reference: Exploring Medical Language 10ED
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