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Medical Language

Course CodeBSC109
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Improve your use of medical terminology with this medical language course.

Do you need to communicate with health professionals or patients?

  • develop skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology.
  • this is an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to study, or work in health 
  • 100 hour, self paced course -start anytime, study anywhere

This course is relevant to anyone working or wishing to work in fields of health, alternative medicine or paramedical areas; such as reception for a doctor or natural therapist.

Lessons

 There are 10 lessons in the course as follows:

1.  Scope and Nature of Medical Terminology

2.  Anatomical Structure

3.  Medical Equipment and Processes

4.  Pharmacological Terminology

5.  Musculoskeletal System

6.  Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Immune Systems

7.  Respiratory and Reproductive Systems

8.  Digestive and Excretory Systems

9.  Integumentary System (Skin)

10.Nervous and Sensory Systems

Duration: 100 hrs

Aims

  • To communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology
  • To explain the scope and nature of terminology used in medicine and allied professions.
  • To identify the meaning of words that describe general anatomical features, including dsorders
  • To identify the meaning of words which describe medical tools, equipment and procedures.
  • To identify the meaning of words that describe pharmacological terms.
  • To identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the musculoskeletal system, including disorders.
  • To identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the respiratory and reproductive systems, including disorders.
  • To identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the digestive and excretory systems, including disorders.
  • To identify the meaning of words that describe physiological and anatomical features in the nervous and sensory systems, including disorders

Medical words actually have meaning behind the way they are constructed.

There is a system behind the way medical words are constructed; and through this course, you get to know that system. Medical terms are generally built up as a series of components, for example:

Examples of prefixes

Prefix

Meaning or pertaining to-

Application in a Word

Ab-

Away from

Abnormal, aberrant

Ad-

Toward

Adduction, adhesion

Acro- or Acr-

Extremities

Acrophobia

Cardio- or Cardi-

Heart

Cardiac, cardio myelitis

Cephal-

Head

Cephalic, cephalgia

Cervi-

Cervix or neck

cervical

Cyto- or Cyt-

Cell

cytology

Dermat/o or derm-

Skin

 

En- endo-

inside

Encephalitis, endoderm

Ex- exo- or ecto-

outside

Exoskeleton, ectoplasm

Fore-

In front

Forehead, forearm

Gastro- or gastr-

stomach

gastric

Gingiv/o-

gum

gingivitis

Gloss/o-

tongue

glossitis

Hema- or hemo-

blood

Haemophilia, haemorrhage

Hepati-

liver

Hepatitis, hepatic

Inter-

between

Intercostal, interferon

Kerato-

cornea

Keratitis, keratoconus

Juxta-

Near or close

Juxtaspinal, juxtavesicular

Labia-

Lips (of mouth or vulva)

labial

Media-

Middle (or nearest the middle of the body)

Medial, mediastinum

Stomat/o-

mouth

stomatisis

Naso-

nose

Nasopharynx, nasogastric

Neuro-

nerves

Neurotoxin, neuropathy

Ocul-

Eye

oculist

Odont-

tooth

odontiod

Oo-

Related to the female egg

Oocyte, oophorectomy

Opthal-

eyeball

opthalmology

Oto-

ear

Otology, otoscope

Peri

Around or about

Periaortic, pericardial

rhin

nose

Rhinitis, rhinophyma

Sub-

Below (in terms of physical location)

Subcutaneous, sublingual

Supra-

above

Supraglottal, suprarenal

tempor

Relating to the temple areas of the head

Temporomandibular, temporal

Thora-

Chest area

Thoracic, thoracentesis

vesic

bladder

 

Tracheo-

Relating to the trachea (windpipe)

Tracheostomy, trachoma

Ure/i- or urethr-

Relating to the urethra

Urethritis, urinary

 

Examples of suffixes

Suffix

Meaning

Application in a Word

-al or -ar

Pertaining to

Renal, lingual, lumbar

-Able or -ible

Is capable of

Flexible, ingestible

-cyte

Pertaining to cells

Lymphocyte,

-derma

Of the skin

Leukoderma,

-ic

Pertaining to

hypodermic

-megaly

oversized

Cephalomegaly

-itis

Inflammation of

Periocarditis, gastritis

-oid

Resembling or like

lipoid, ovoid

-oma

tumour

Carcinoma, melanoma

-osis  Also –a or -y

Abnormal condition of

Cyanosis,

-stasis

State or condition

Homeostasis, metastasis

-static

In the condition or state of

Homeostatic, metastatic

-tosis

 

 

-trophy

Development of

Atrophy

 

If you would like to learn more about medical terminology and improve your use of medical English, this is the course for you. Why delay? Enrol today.

 
  


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