Medical Terminology That You’ll Actually Remember

Taking a course in medical terminology is one thing – remembering the definitions of medical terms when you need them, is quite another. Referring to a medical dictionary is a good habit, but for work that involves speed as well as accuracy you will need a good working knowledge of medical vocabulary. Medical office workers like medical transcriptionists, medical scribes, medical record technicians or medical coders and billers, will need to speak medicine like a second language.

For example, a common complaint from medical coders trying to get certified, is that the hardest part of medical coding certification exams involves the section on medical terminology. A basic understanding of common medical terminology is important not just for that part of coding certification exams though, but for speed and accuracy in looking up ICD codes in general. In real life, it means you have a good knowledge of medical vocabulary, and need to pick up a medical dictionary less often.

Our video series uses everyday language to define basic medical words, because what’s the point of a definition that makes you have to open a dictionary? Each lesson illustrates the meaning of one term, using mostly everyday images – instead of medical images – to make them more relatable. The illustrations are deliberately chosen to be outrageous or funny, so you will remember them long after watching the video. We use and encourage repetition, as another way to help with memorization.

Use our lessons alongside your medical terminology coursework, as an alternative or a supplement to flashcards, games or cheatsheets. We encourage you to share your learning experience in our comments section. Happy learning!

Take The 1-Minute Challenge To Learn Medical Terminology

Get the medical terminology skills you need, to communicate effectively and make a good impression. Don’t get stumped on rounds when you encounter strange medical terms. Don’t enter embarrassing misspellings in medical records. Regardless of where you are in the medical field, avoid errors by building or refreshing your knowledge of medical terms. Watch this video, and take up our challenge today.

To Pierce, Medically Speaking

In this tutorial on the suffix -centesis, learn the formal and informal terms for medical procedures that pierce body cavities/spaces.

Six Medical Terms Named After Sports

Medical terms have been named after famous people, specfic occupations, geographic regions, and even foods. This video highlights medical conditions named after certain sports.

Half In A Word

This medical prefix literally means half, but is sometimes used to indicate one (not necessarily equal) side.

Joint conditioms

In this tutorial we explore the use of the medical prefix arthr-/arthro-.

 

On Top Of Things

The prefix “epi-“, commonly used in medical terms, indicates position – relative to other structures¬†or factors.

 

Fast or Slow

In today’s video tutorial, we look at another pair of medical prefixes with opposite meanings: brady- and tachy-.

Something’s Missing Medically

Do you know which medical prefix indicates deficiency or absence? Watch this video to learn how the prefix a- or an- is used in medical terminology.

‘Moulding’ In Medical Terms

Learn what the medical suffix -plasty means. Watch this video explainer for words that end in –plasty.