Medical Terminology!

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  1. JenPooh

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    YIKES! Since I am interested in the medical field I need to take a medical terminology course in order to get my foot in the door for a Patient Rep. Position. Well, I don't have $300 to take a credited class at the college, nor the time, so hubby went to the instructor where he works and they are allowing me to check out the tapes and photo copy the workbook so I can do it at home, but I just wont receive credits for it. I just got done with the first tape, and there are 14 OF THEM! Thank goodness they aren't long so I can do them while the kids sleep, if Aiden lets me . But, I have to say, they are quite interesting. I am learning a lot. I feel smart today!!! Anyone want to know what an Otorhinolaryngologist is???
    :haha:
     
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  3. mincc

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    Ear, nose and throat doctor?

    Good luck with the studying-you will ace it!:2up:
     
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    Good lUck Jenn....

    I had to take something similar, (although I'm sure not as in depth) to be approved to administer meds... it was quite interesting. Alot of abbreviations.

    good luck.
     
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    Let's get you maximum bang for the buck, JenPooh: go to your local Barnes & Noble and find the SparkChart on medical terminology, ISBN ISBN141140064X. I don't recall whether B&N will carry medical-terminology flashcards, but those might be useful too.

    Most medical terms are built on a base of Latin or Greek or both. As you work through them, look for the roots and be sure to learn them - you can use the information to fake an amazingly large range of answers. (The ex-husband, years ago, was studying adrenaline and epinephrine. "Oh," I said, "they're the same word." ren- is the Latin root for 'kidney' (and my recollection is that the French for 'lamb kidneys', which some people eat on purpose, is reins d'agneau; nephr- is the Greek root, so nephritis is 'kidney infection'.)

    You might also do well to visit a used bookstore and see if you can find a good medical dictionary. Older editions of Taber's and the like tend to be better on the etymologies.

    mincc, you nailed otorhinolaryngologist. For the rest of you, that's oto- 'of the ear', rhino 'of the nose' (a rhinoceros has a horn (ceros) on its nose), laryngo- 'larynx, throat', -(o)logy 'study of', -ist 'doer'.
     
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    :D jenn

    Here's a pop quiz


    B.I. D.

    Q.I. D.
     
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    Not one doctor in ten remembers the Latin associated with either of those, Frizz.
     
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    Get the PDR ( Physician's Desk Reference) it has helped me a lot.
     
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    There's that. One that's slightly out of date should do to start with, if money's tight. Barnes & Nobles generally carry 'em, and occasionally have last year's in the bargain section.
     
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    Don't forget to check the local public library too! They probably have a lot of helpful books and you can renew them to have them for 6 weeks here. Ours has a huge medical reference section that is meant to help patients understand abbreviations and terminology. Good Luck! :)
     
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    Thanks guys! :D Sooner or later I want to take the credited course so doing this home course will help big time with that too! I'll be ahead of the game.

    TG, the first lesson was on the root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Oh, and the combining vowel. They also did mention how they come from Greek and Latin words! :D

    I can probably get a bunch of books from the library where my hubby works. He works at the hospital! :D

    Here's another one:
    Polyenterocarcinoma ;) Need a hint?
     
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    carcinoma- doesn't that mean cancer?
     
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    Yep...;)
    Give up?
     
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    entero has to do with the intestines (like entrails)
    poly means many
     
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    Yep...:D

    Now just piece it together. ;)
     
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    twice a day
    four times a day


    I took medical terminology...twice

    Used to be a secretary
    and switchboard operator

    throw some more at me!
     
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    I was feeling down..but, I will start another thread. I just learned what keeps my spirits up! My love for knowledge! Thanks Jen, you helped me!

    I took medical terminology twice. I was going for the certificate in junior college. I had worked as a temp and had a few good assignments. I learned that if you became a medical clerk/secretary, you would get more $$ and could work round the clock!

    I never had Latin, just one course in French, and dropped one Spanish course. Yet, I learned all the Spanish I could working as a teacher aide and living in L.A!!!

    But medical terminology, that was actually fun. You know as women, we spend 99% of the time with doctors. :eek: Men hate them, and they could care less. I learned to decipher all those notes and terms, and question any dr. or nurse who tried to give my asthmatic daughter something q.i.d. or prn!

    So, again...I was down..but I am glad I found this post. Best way to study is good old fashion flash cards. Cheat sheets are good, but I tell you TG gave you all you need to know! Once you know the root word, the body part, then you learn prefix and suffix....just like regular vocabulary words!!!

    Have fun...keep us posted.

    p.s. city college class are dirt cheap. and you get credit! some are non-credit and teach the same exact thing.
     
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    My sympathies, Pre-K. Lux aeterna luceat ea, Domine.
     
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    Thanks TG...

    I only have a small dictionary, I like the challenge, but can't find anything....what are you trying to say???
     
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    lux aeterna 'light perpetual'
    luceat 'let it shine'
    ea, 'on or to her'
    Domine 'O Lord'

    'Let light perpetual shine upon her, O Lord.'
     
  21. JenPooh

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    Don't sweat it! Glad I helped. That is actually one reason I posted this as well. I have been very discouraged about finding a job by next month. That makes two down in the dumps...anyone want to join our pity party?:haha:
     
  22. Master Pre-K

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    wow, I was sooo close.

    if you put that on a multiple choice question...I would have picked that one...

    I saw light lux and The Lord... Domine

    and I felt your prayer..

    thanks TG
     
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    sorry jen... I didn't make it clear in every post.

    I lost one of my favorite aunts last night...

    it's okay...I didn't say it..so you didn't know...

    I wanted to stay online...so I wouldn't just sit and cry..

    thanks...
     
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    I'm so sorry. I hope you can get past the mourning as quickly as possible. It's so tough to lose a family member, or anyone close to you.:hugs: You're in my prayers.
     
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    As to getting past the mourning, perhaps and perhaps not: the holes in our hearts and the tears that fill them are eloquent of those whose lives touched ours.
     
  26. Master Pre-K

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    thanks. JenPooh..didn't want to be a downer on everyone...that's why I made another thread...

    some people say, if you don't feel good, don't come to the party...

    I say, it is better to get out, than to sit and mope around..



    So, let us help you practice...

    throw us some more terms..

    people joke and say they need a lobotomy...

    you know -otomy means excise/remove
    and lobo is a lobe
    so that means to take out a nerve in your brain
    because it may relieve a mental disorder... :rolleyes:
     
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    well said TG

    very beautiful...
     
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    Maybe THAT'S been my problem my whole life!:haha: Maybe that's what I need.
     
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    I am actally missing an artery in my brain-is that bad? Should I even be saying that out loud?:help:
     
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    -tom- is strictly, speaking, just 'cut' in Greek. Tomography is charting a cut or section of the body, if you will. And the Latin for 'cut' is sec-, sect-. (Insects are called that because their bodies look like they've been cut into (in-sect). And entomology, from Greek (en-tom), is the study of insects. Sometimes Latin and Greek roots are similar, but this is a case in which they're not - though the idea behind them is the same.)

    In the old days, the lobotomy involved not just a nerve, but a whole chunk of brain. The modern version is a commisurotomy. And most of those of us who've had kids have personal experience of an episiotomy.

    'Excise' is 'cut out' is -ectom-: removing the gall bladder is a cholecystectomy (chole- 'gall, bile' - related to the word yellow, it turns out; cyst 'sac or bladder', -ec-, ecto- 'out', tom 'cut').
     
  31. Master Pre-K

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    well, I'm off guys
    I need too get some grub STAT
    otherwise I may pass out from hypoglycemia!!
     
  32. TeacherGroupie

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    stat is from Latin statim 'at once'. It's from the same root as stare 'to stand', which gives us the editorial instruction stet 'let it stand', stature and status, stationary, and a number of other words.

    hypo 'under'
    glyc- 'sugar'
    em, from haem-, hem- 'blood'
    Greek: 'low blood sugar'
     
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    Wait: Master Pre-K, was that part of the exercise?

    (Ooooops.)
     
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    yes TG...

    ok, Jen and everyone.....here are a few more

    define the body part, term, or area

    hepa-

    dorsal

    -rhhea

    blepho

    hemo/hema

    TG can your check answers!!! Have to run to post office!
     
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    twice a day and four times a day...:D
     
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    MI= Mycardial Infarction= Heart Attack
    CVA= Cerebral Vascular Accident= Stroke
    DVT= Deep Vein Thrombosis= Blood clot in legs
    PE= Pulmonary Embolism= Blood clot in lungs
    COPD= Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease= Emphysema and related disorders
    SOB= Short of Breath
     
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    LOL w/ positive suitcase sign= Little old lady in ER who arrives with a packed suitcase ready to be admitted to hospital.
     
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    Frequent Flyer= A patient who is admitted frequently and well known by medical staff

    pt= patient

    ac= before eating
    pc= after eating
     
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    ABG= Arterial Blood Gas
    BMP= Basic Metabolic Panel
    CMP= Complete Metabolic Panel
    CBC= Complete Blood Count

    Circling the Drain= Patient who is quickly deteriorating
     
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    Pericarditis= Inflammation of Pericardium
    Pericardium= The layers of membrane surrounding the heart which have a fluid space between them
    Cardiac Tamponade= when the heart is compressed by some sort of fluid and compressed, thus cannot beat which can can lead to:
    PEA= Pulseless Electrical Activity= normal electrical activity in heart but heart not beating
     
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    Let me start by checking spellings...

    -rrh-, as in catarrh and dysmenorrhea.

    And I think that's blepharo, not blepho, as in blepharoplasty.
     

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