Medical Terminology Quiz – Episode 5

Test your medical terminology skills with this quick quiz. Sharpen your knowledge of medical terms, and learn how to pronounce medical terminology correctly with our free quizzes and tutorials. Prepare for an interview or test, or simply gain confidence on the job by improving your medical vocabulary.

Are you struggling in your medical terminology course? Try our fast mini-tutorials for medical terminology made easy to remember. Learn the language of medicine as you prep for the MCAT, NCLEX or CPC exam. Get the word skills to make a good impression from your first day of medical school or nursing school. Our lessons are also a valuable resource for students in EMT school, medical coding courses and medical assistant or phlebotomy training, to name just a few. Each video basically consists of animated medical terminology flashcards specially designed to help you study and memorize medical terms.

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Adventures In Medical Terminology

If you’re starting nursing school, medical school or certification in one of the allied health professions, you will soon become familiar with common medical terms. What sounds like Greek and Latin now, will soon become your second language, and after a bit of practice, words like ‘intravenous therapy’ and ‘intercostal spaces’ will roll easily off your tongue. You’ll gradually start using common abbreviations too, instead of the clunky expanded forms. More important than learning medical words one by one though, is understanding what individual word parts mean and how they fit together in medical terminology.

What’s the need to know word parts or their meanings, you might ask? Can’t we just pick it up as we go along? Yes, experience is one way to learn a language. Besides, rote learning is no fun and memorizing lists of words is a painful exercise for most people. In any event, no medical terminology course can completely teach the vocabulary of the workplace. But there are advantages to understanding what meaning particular prefixes, roots and suffixes give to medical words.

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How To Learn Medical Terminology With Videos

We live in an age where you can learn many new things simply by watching a video on YouTube. Differentiating reliable learning from questionable information is a much harder task. Even when you find what you need, it’s hard to not get distracted by other video suggestions. In this short tutorial, we will show how learn medical terminology with our trusted video series – without getting sidetracked.

Method 1: General Search

The easiest way is to go to YouTube.com and enter the term “1 minute medical terminology” in the search box. Results will list our channel, playlists and all videos.

Advantage: straightforward; you’re taken directly to a list of our videos and playlists. We research, proofread, and name our sources at the end of each lesson, so you can trust what we teach.

Disadvantage: the lessons are listed individually, so you may have to repeat the search after watching each video.

Method 2: Channel Search

Search YouTube for “1 minute medical terminology” then refine the search results using filters. Under filter options, select “type”, then choose “channel”. The search results will show our channel, 1-Minute Medical Terminology, near the top. (We’re actually the top channel dealing only with teaching the meaning of medical terms).

Advantage: easy access to the full list of medical terms our lessons cover.

Disadvantage: same as for method 1

Method 3: Playlist Search

Repeat the search just as in method 2, but instead of selecting “channel” select “playlist”. The results will include all our learning playlists.

Advantage: this is the best method if you already have some knowledge of medical terminology. Simply choose a playlist and keep without being constantly redirected to other channel’s videos.

Disadvantage: this may not be the best way for beginners to learn medical terminology. For better memorization, we advise beginners to learn one new term at a time.

Method 4: Search From Within Channel

Go to our channel and click the search icon (located right next to the “about” tab). Use that search box to look up individual terms, just like you use a dictionary. For example, type in “epi” to find our tutorial on the medical prefix “epi-“.

Advantage: you can find the meaning of specific terms you need, without sorting through 70-plus videos. It’s also an easy way to select videos for adding to playlists of your own.

Disadvantages: none!

If you’d rather skip all these methods and get straight to our videos, click the hashtag below now:


Medical Terms Best Learned In Pairs

A great memory trick when studying basic medical terminology, is to learn a medical term and its opposite at the same time. For example the prefixes hypo and hyper mean opposite things, and are best remembered when studied together. That’s because comparison makes meanings clearer. Another reliable memorization technique, is to picture an outrageous image related to the meaning and/or the sound of the word you’re learning. For example, to memorize the phrase “opposing pairs“, you could picture in your mind, two giant pears in a tug of war. Naturally this type of visualization is much easier to do with everyday English than with medical words. Which is why our videos do it for you, using wacky cartoons to represent real medical terms.

In the video lesson that we’re highlighting today, we’ve combined both of the strategies above by creating the pictures for you and pairing them with opposite imagery.

Wherever possible, we try to link the new to the familiar (one more way that our mini tutorials help you to remember). This means that when we teach the meaning of a prefix or suffix, we show how they are part of common medical words that you already know. For example, hyper- means above normal and is found in a word that everyone knows: hypertension.

Here’s a list of medical terms covered in this lesson:

1. inter-  and intra

2. hypo- and hyper

3. exo- and endo-

4. poly- and oligo-

5. brady- and tachy-

6. macro- and micro-

7. peri- and tele-.

8. ante- and post- (or retro-)

After watching the video, practice what you’ve learned by making sentences of your own. Review the lessons within the next day, at the end of one week, then again in a month’s time. Each revision should take less time. Before you know it, your medical vocabulary will have expanded significantly. Have fun learning!

“Herd Immunity” vs “Heard Immunity”

In its Vaccine Glossary of Terms, the CDC defines herd immunity (community immunity) as “a situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely.” But what is the definition of “heard immunity” – a recently popular hashtag on Twitter and Instagram? Substituting “herd immunity” vs “heard immunity” may have been a ploy used to manipulate social media algorithms. But this misspelling was made in so many posts and articles online that people genuinely seem confused as to which is correct.

In medicine, spelling medical terminology the way it sounds can have serious consequences. Words that sound alike may have completely different meanings. The prefixes “hypo-” and “hyper” are a great example; when attached to the same suffixes or roots, they produce terms that mean opposite things. Also, people from different geographic areas sometimes pronounce the same words differently. Put simply, spelling as you speak is dangerous in medicine. So is improvising. Take a second and look up the word in a dictionary or verify with the speaker instead.

For healthcare workers, the bottom line in entering medical data is accuracy. Flowery cursive penmanship may be going the way of the dinosaur, but spelling skills are still essential. That’s true regardless of where we use medical terms – in a computerized chart or in a medical article. Just as we can be influenced by trending typos, we can immunize ourselves and our profession with a good dose of basic medical terminology. Herd immunity, done right.

Herd Immunity In The Age Of Trending Hashtags

In its Vaccine Glossary of Terms, the CDC defines herd immunity (community immunity) as “a situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely.” But what is the definition of “heard immunity” – a recently popular hashtag on Twitter and Instagram? Whether or not this play on words was a deliberate typo, used to manipulate social media algorithms, it seems to celebrate the trend of spelling medical terms the way they sound.

In medicine, spelling medical terminology based on its pronunciation can have serious consequences, because words that sound alike may have completely different meanings. The prefixes “hypo-” and “hyper” are a great example. When attached to the same suffixes or roots, they produce terms that mean opposite things. Put simply, spelling by ear instead of by the book, is dangerous. Better to take a second and look up the word.

For healthcare workers, the bottom line in entering medical data is accuracy. Just as we can be influenced by trending typos, we can immunize ourselves and our profession with a good dose of basic medical terminology. Herd immunity, done right.

Medical Terminology Bloopers – Melons In The Bathroom

What relationship do melons have to the color of your stools? Medical coders, transcriptionists or medical assistants will immediately understand how this relates to their knowledge of medical terminology. If you’ve ever messed up badly while transcribing a patient’s chart, your provider’s sharp disapproval is something that probably stayed with you a while

Not all medical terminology blunders are funny, but your coworkers won’t likely let you live down the ones that cracked them up! The most reliable way to avoid supplying the doctors’ lounge with a regular supply of side-splitting jokes, is to learn basic medical terminology inside out. For a medical coder, transcriptionist or scribe, learning how to spell a term and knowing what it sounds like, is way more important than being able to personally pronounce it.

Don’t get put off by the long words – that’s a common pitfall. Instead, learn how to break them down. Just because you can’t pronounce a medical term doesn’t prevent you from spelling it correctly or from understanding how it is used in everyday patient care. And that’s the central focus of every healthcare encounter: caring for the medical needs of the people who come to your facility. Once you realize how important it is to patients that you document clearly and correctly, there’s your motivation to get beyond the fear of “big words”.

As mentioned before, medical terminology errors aren’t always funny. Using the wrong medical term in an electronic chart can also lead to dangerous miscommunication or wildly inaccurate medical billing. So even if you think your job only involves typing what you hear, you really need to know the language that you’re typing in – or somebody could get hurt. The responsibility to proofread carefully goes without saying – unless you want to be the hand behind a hilarious chart entry about patients passing “melonic stools”. (For medical terminology newbies, the correct term is “melenic”, the other word sounds like you could be passing watermelons 😉).

Best Playlist To Learn Medical Terminology Fast

Get free help to learn medical terminology fast, for that upcoming job interview or certification exam. If you have done your best to study medical terminology, but find it hard to remember the meaning of basic medical terms, try this video playlist for learning that’s fast, reliable, and headache-free.

Our lessons are based on the idea that studying medical terminology is more effective if you’re having fun. It’s also easier to memorize lists of words meanings one at a time. Good visual aids and regular repetition help you retain new information longer too. We have combined all these ideas into a series of 1 minute long videos that use funny cartoons and examples to show the meaning of medical terms. Think of the lessons as moving flashcards, each teaching the meaning of one medical term quickly – yet in a way that makes it stick. Click the image above to get started with our first playlist: Medical Terminology For Beginners.

6 Million Reasons To Learn Medical Terminology Now

Last month, with healthcare resources stretched thin in many countries, the World Health Organization warned us to expect a shortage of 6 million nurses globally, while calling for urgent investment in nurse education and training. That’s 6 million potential new jobs – an encouraging estimate in our current bleak economic landscape. More nurses likely means a greater need for healthcare support staff too. What do all medical professionals have in common? They use medical terminology to communicate with each other. It’s like a foreign, secret language that you need to learn to join the club.

As we slowly re-emerge, shell shocked, from the ongoing seige that had visited the world these last 5 months, the question of how to move forward will be on everyone’s minds. For many, staying home could go from being a responsible, temporary decision, to an involuntary hardship caused by job loss or decreased work hours.

These 2 factors: time at home, and needing a new career, should put healthcare at the top of your list of possibilities. Not to mention that if you become a nurse or other essential worker, you could be helping fight microscopic enemies like the one (which we shall not name here) that has upended all our lives. There’s no need to go straight to nursing school either; the direct route may or may not be feasible in your current situation. An entry level position such as medical receptionist, is a great way to familiarize yourself with the terrain.

What is essential if you’re considering a career in healthcare, is being able to read, type and spell correctly – the terminology of medical professionals. Yes, a medical dictionary or cheat sheet of medical terms may help, but they can only take you so far. If you want the skills that can help an entry-level employee make enough of an impression on the people in a position to give you a leg up – you simply have to put in the work. Get started today learning medical terminology with our free video series, packed with fun, reliable learning. All the best as you explore the path forward – and stay safe!

Learn The Language You Need – To Become A Nurse

Is it your dream to become a nurse? Are you wondering how to get ready for nursing school? If so, this period of social distancing is a great time to get fluent in medical terminology. Lesson 1 that you’ll learn when starting nursing school, is that there aren’t enough hours in a day for all the coursework! Take the time to learn the language of medicine now, and you’ll begin one step ahead.

Even if you already took medical terminology courses, anatomy or A&P, you will need a way to remember medical terms beyond acing that final test. Aside from making a good impression in nursing school, knowing the meanings of medical terms can, in a pinch, help you figure out MCQs about medical or surgical conditions and procedures. Imagine how much help that could be during nurse licensing exams.

Our medical terminology learning playlist shows you an easy way to learn medical terminology. The videos use funny cartoons designed to do 2 things: make the meaning of each term clear and help it stick in your memory. Some of the lessons include pronunciation help. There’s also a series of medical terminology quizzes you can use to review for a test or as a way to check your progress.

Visual learners especially, will enjoy this dynamic alternative to flashcards, but all learners can use these fun video tutorials to memorize medical terminology the easy way. Better than trying to remember lists of medical terms, smarter than relying on medical terminology cheat sheets, and more reliable than a game or song, this series of free videos is a handy online learning tool for beginners. Get started today and learn a new medical word each day you stay home. #MedicalTerminologyWithoutThePain