Introduction to Medical Terminology

You will be able to identify the word components, i.e. prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in medical terms.
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  • Contents Video: 11 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

This is a self-paced class.

Medical terms generally are comprised of a family of prefixes, suffixes, and root words that combine in multiple ways to form the language of medical terminology. A student who understands the meanings of these terms can typically “translate” any basic medical term to derive its meaning.

This is a basic course covering the fundamentals of medical terminology used in the science and health science fields. It is ideal for any student who has little or no background in medical terminology, but who requires a basic grasp of the subject in order to communicate with nurses, physician’s assistants, physicians, and other medical professionals. It is also ideal as a review course for persons returning to school or the workplace after a prolonged absence. The terminology covered relates to bodily systems, anatomical structures, medical diagnoses and procedures.

What are the requirements?

  • Strongly recommended to have access to a medical dictionary.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to identify the word components, i.e. prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in medical terms.
  • You should be able to define a medical term using your knowledge of the word components that make up the term.

What is the target audience?

  • The goal is to build your medical vocabulary.
  • Those planning to enter 1- or 2-year programs in a medical profession.
  • Ideal for any student who has little or no background in medical terminology.
  • This is a basic course, so for students planning to enter a more comprehensive program, but who have no medical background at all, this course should be taken prior to taking a more advanced course.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:20

Review the class syllabus and save the links in the provided documents.

Section 2: Basic Terminology
00:46

In this lesson you will learn what prefixes, suffixes, combining vowels, and word roots are and how they combine together to form a medical term.

00:49

In this lesson you will learn the most commonly used suffixes and combining forms that are used in basic medical terminology.

Quiz 2.1
11 questions
Quiz 2.2
12 questions
12 questions

Multiple Choice

15 questions
Give the meaning of the suffix parenthesis.
10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the meanings of the following:

Test 2
44 questions
00:56

In this lesson you will learn the most commonly used prefixes and how these combine with suffixes and combining forms to form medical terms.

Quiz 3.1
7 questions
Quiz 3.2
30 questions
Quiz 3.3
12 questions
Quiz 3.4
9 questions
Quiz 3.5
8 questions
Quiz 3.6
11 questions
10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

Test 3
49 questions
00:48

In this lesson you will learn combining forms that define human anatomical structure, and how these can be used with the prefixes and suffixes learned in an earlier lesson to form medical terms about human structure.

12 questions

The following terms are used to indicate direction.

10 questions

Mutiple Choice

10 questions

Write the combining form.

20 questions

Part A: Using your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date, derive words that would mean the following:

Part B: Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the meanings of the following:

Test 4
49 questions
Section 3: Body Systems
00:50

In this lesson you will learn the word elements that are most commonly used to form medical terms pertaining to the musculoskeletal system.

Quiz 5.1
10 questions
Quiz 5.2
10 questions
15 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

According to the Merck Manual, among the many conditions which may give rise to pain in or around the joints are:

Test 5
38 questions
00:58

In this lesson you will learn the word elements that are most commonly used to form medical terms pertaining to the circulatory system.

Quiz 6.1
12 questions
Quiz 6.2
9 questions
Quiz 6.3
5 questions
11 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

There are a number of diseases of the blood, lymphatic, and cardiovascular systems.These include:

Test 6
35 questions
00:51

In this lesson you will learn the word elements that are most commonly used to form medical terms pertaining to the respiratory tract.

Quiz 7.1
5 questions
Quiz 7.2
10 questions
Quiz 7.3
10 questions
10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

The many respiratory conditions known include:

Test 7
45 questions
00:49

In this lesson you will learn the word elements that are most commonly used to form medical terms pertaining to the digestive tract.

Quiz 8.1
9 questions
Quiz 8.2
6 questions
Quiz 8.3
6 questions
Quiz 8.4
7 questions
10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

There are a number of diseases of the digestive tract.These include:

Test 8
45 questions
00:47

In this lesson you will learn the word elements that are most commonly used to form medical terms pertaining to the urinary tract.

Quiz 9.1
6 questions
Quiz 9.2
10 questions
10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

There are a number of diseases of the urinary tract.These include:

Test 9
50 questions
00:59

In this lesson you will learn the word elements that are most commonly used to form medical terms pertaining to the male and female reproductive systems.

Quiz 10.1
12 questions
Quiz 10.2
5 questions
Quiz 10.3
7 questions
10 questions

Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms studied to date to derive the literal meanings of the following words. This is not necessarily the equivalent of the dictionary definition, but is the compilation of the definitions of the various word parts.

There are a number of diseases and conditions of the male and female reproductive systems. These include:

Test 10
40 questions
Section 4: Review and Final
00:39

Review your suffixes, prefixes, and terminology before completing the final exam.

00:31

Completing the final exam that consists of 130 questions.

130 questions

Multiple Choice

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Instructor Biography

Courtney Smith, Online Instructor

I have a B.A. in Business Administration (Management), and has been an Emergency Medical Technician since 1997. I have an extensive medical background with experience derived from in-field practice, schooling and education. I have been teaching medical terminology, since 2001. I have also performed rush transcription of autopsy reports for the El Paso County (Colorado) Coroner's office, editing and transcription of coroner investigator field reports, in-field Emergency Medical Technician reports for local ambulance services, and legal off ice transcription. She owns multiple pets and has extensive knowledge of cats and dogs from personal experience, three years in an undergraduate pre-veterinary baccalaureate program, and through interaction with veterinarians.

Instructor Biography

Deborah Smith, M.T. (A.S.C.P), Ph.D, and Certified Death Investigator

Co-instructor Deborah R. Smith, M.T.(A.S.C.P.), Ph.D. is a medical technologist, registered with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists – M.T.(A.S.C.P.). She earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Biophysical) and Microbiology/Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University. In addition to her hospital laboratory work as a Medical Technologist, Dr. Smith has been a Physiology recitation instructor for first year medical students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and instructed University of Iowa medical students in clinical microbiology. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she taught Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology to Undergraduate and Graduate students. Dr. Smith served as Teller County (Colorado) Coroner from 1999 to 2003, is a Certified Death Investigator, and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Pathology Section). She has served as Medical Editor for Colorado Springs Health Magazine and Colorado Health Magazine. She is also a life member of American Mensa and has served on the Mensa Education and Research Foundation Awards for Excellence in Research Committee. She is the author of several scientific publications and a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Manual.

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