Medical Terminology For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 24, 2008 - Medical - 384 pages
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Confused by medical terms? Don’t know a carcinoma from a hematoma? Medical Terminology For Dummies gets you up to speed quickly on medical terminology fundamentals and helps you master medical definitions, pronunciations, and applications across all health care fields. Once you understand medical prefixes, suffixes, and root words, you’ll approach even unfamiliar medical terms with confidence.

This plain-English guide to language that can be just plain confusing clears up the meanings of the Greek and Latin sources of medical terms. You’ll get a handle on how these mouthfuls are constructed, and discover how to decipher any medical term, no matter how complex or unusual. You’ll also get plenty of help in pronouncing and remembering medical words, and you’ll find out how and why the terminology changes from hospital to laboratory to pharmacy. You’ll discover how to:

  • Understand word foundations and origins
  • Grasp the essential meanings of unfamiliar terms
  • Define common prefixes and suffixes
  • Identify and pronounce medical terms
  • Deconstruct words to grasp definitions
  • Use plurals and multiples with ease
  • Describe medical conditions accurately
  • Bone up on terms that describe the anatomy
  • Use mnemonic devices to remember medical terms
  • Know when words refer to diseases, injuries, treatments, and more
  • Use medical terminology in the real world

Complete with a list of essential references on medical terminology as well as helpful word-building activities Medical Terminology For Dummies puts you in the know in no time.


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Table of Contents
Scrubbing In to Master Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology The How and
Introducing the Big Three Prefixes Roots and Suffixes
Acronyms Eponyms Homonyms Multiples and Plurals Oh
Say What? Pronunciation and Usage
Mapping Words and Bodies
So It Shall Be in the End Suffixes
Skin Deep Skin Glands Nails and Hair
It Depends on Your Perception The Sensory Systems
Lets Get Some Physiology Terminology
Feeding Time The Gastrointestinal System
Gatekeepers of Health The Endocrine System
Calming Down The Nervous System
When You Gotta Go The Urinary System
Check the Plumbing Male Reproductive System

Hey I Know You Word Recognition
Deconstruction Junction Breaking Down Words
An Org Chart to Live By Organization of the Body
All Systems Go When Systems Combine
In Terms of Anatomy
Getting Ripped The Muscular System
A Life Force The Female Reproductive System
The Part of Tens
Ten or So Useful Mnemonic Devices
Prefixes and Suffixes

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About the author (2008)

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.

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