Medical Terminology

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About this course

The course introduces students to the language of medicine according to body systems. Students define, build and analyze terms as well as develop a vocabulary of combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. They develop the ability to pronounce and spell terms correctly and to use them in an appropriate context. Students learn medical terms (and their abbreviations where appropriate) for organs, diseases, symptoms, and for diagnostic, treatment and surgical procedures.
Having a understanding of Medical Terminology is fundamental to understanding all aspects of nursing.  Knowing how to identify prefixes, suffixes, major combining forms, and common terminology for each body system can help you to make inferences about terms you may have never heard before. This skills is helpful for nurses at any level.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Recognize the parts of medical terms, to include prefixes, roots, and suffixes, and how to identify combining forms.
  • Understand how to break down medical terminology to be easier to understand.
  • Confidently identify some of the most common medical terms for the major body systems.
  • Confidently identify some of the most common medical terms related to medical procedures and specialties.

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN

What you will learn

  • Recognize the parts of medical terms, to include prefixes, roots, and suffixes, and how to identify combining forms.
  • Understand how to break down medical terminology to be easier to understand.
  • Confidently identify some of the most common medical terms for the major body systems.
  • Confidently identify some of the most common medical terms related to medical procedures and specialties.

Course Curriculum

Course Overview

  • Overview
  • Eponyms

The Basics

Odds and ends

Circulatory system

Nervous system

Digestive system

Respiratory system

Urinary system

Male reproductive system

Female reproductive system

Musculoskeletal system

Cancer terminology

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