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The fun and easy way to understand, pronounce, and applymedical terminology
Don't know a carcinoma from a hematoma? This friendlyguide getsyou up to speed quickly on medical terminology fundamentals,helping you master definitions, pronunciations, and applicationsacross all medical fields. Once you understand medical prefixes,suffixes, and root words, you'll approach even unfamiliar medicalterms with confidence.
Recognize common root words — identify words that apply tobody regions, organs, anatomy, and pathology
Pronounce and use terms with ease —grasp the phonics ofmedical terms and understand the context of words, from hospital topharmacy to test lab
Break words down — understand unfamiliar words by definingtheir elements and recombining them; and get familiar with prefixesand suffixes, plurals and multiples
Get a handle on anatomy and systems — bone up on termsthat describe and are related to the body's systems, from skeletaland muscular to gastrointestinal and endocrine
Learn the lingo — familiarize yourself with common termsused in the ER, OR, pharmacy, and lab
Get to the source— understand Greek and Latin sources ofmedical terms
Open the book and find:
Tips for understanding unfamiliar medical terms
Explanations of Greek and Latin roots and structures
Definitions of common prefixes and suffixes
Guidance in pronouncing medical terms
Word roots commonly used in hospitals, pharmacies, and labs
Terms for diseases, lab tests, and medications
Useful mnemonic devices
Helpful word-building activities
Beverley Henderson, CMT, has 35 years of medical terminology and transcription experience in a hospital setting, and has taught and developed curricula for Medical Terminology courses at the college level.
Jennifer Dorsey is a writer, editor, and author of several books.