Understanding Medical Words Tutorial
So what can you do? If what you're hearing doesn't make sense, make sure to ask questions! You can also use the MedlinePlus website, MedlinePlus: Health Topics or MedlinePlus: Appendix A: Word Parts to find out more about meanings of the medical words.
Now let's look at a couple of tongue-twisting, big words.
- Colonoscopic polypectomy
These next words sound alike and are similar in spelling, but one is high blood sugar and one is low blood sugar.
These next two words also sound alike, but one is a painful problem with your joints and the other is a disease that makes your bones weak.
What did the doctor just say? Did she say you needed a colonoscopic polypectomy? What on earth do those two words mean?
You need a what? Transesophageal echocardiogram! What is that?
Medical words can be long and confusing. Let's figure out what these words mean.