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GET TO ROOT OF MEDICAL TERMS TO DEMYSTIFY THEM

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UPDATE: Most of us have wondered what medical people are talking about when they use medical terms to describe certain conditions. The language of medical professionals consists of a vocabulary of parts. Every word is formed of units that stand for a separate concept. A basic dictionary of these units was recently published in a book called "Staying Well with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" by Suzette Haden Elgin (Prentice Hall, 1990). I thought you might be interested in some terms from this "dictionary."What's wrong with it

It hurts algia, dyniaIt's inflamed/infected itis

It's got a tumor or swelling oma

It's hardening scler

It's bleeding, pouring out rhage, rhagia, rhea

It's growing, maybe too much plasia

It's developing wrong tropy

It's TOO hyper

It's not ENOUGH hypo

It's not AT ALL a, an, in

It's big macro, mega

It's small micro

It's bad, or wrong mal

It's phony pseudo

It's fast tachy

It's slow brady

There's a lot of it poly

There are two of it ambi, amphi

There's only half of it hemi

It's changing meta

It's red erythr

It's blue cya

It's falling or drooping ptosis

It's difficult dys

What are they going to do?

Remove it ectomy

Look inside it oscopy

Make an opening in it ostomy

Free it up lysis

Fuse it desis

Fix it, or sew it up pexy

Make it, or reconstruct it plasty

What is it?

Artery arterio

Joint arthro

Blood hem

Water hydr

Skin derm

Muscle myo, tendo

Gland adeno

Vessel angio

Cell cyto

Bone os

Marrow myel

Nerve neuro