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Medical Terminology For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-94405-9
384 pages
January 2015
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Grasp and retain the fundamentals of medical terminology quickly and easily

Don't know a carcinoma from a hematoma? This friendly guide explains how the easiest way to remember unfamiliar, often-tongue-twisting words is to learn their parts: the prefix, root, and suffix. Medical Terminology For Dummies breaks down the words you'll encounter in your medical terminology course and gives you plain-English explanations and examples to help you master definitions, pronunciations, and applications across all medical fields.

For many, the language of medicine and healthcare can be confusing, and frequently presents the greatest challenge to students – this guide was designed to help you overcome this problem with ease! Packed with ideas, study materials, quizzes, mind maps, and games to help you retain the information, Medical Terminology For Dummies quickly gets you up to speed on medical prefixes, suffixes, and root words so you'll approach even unfamiliar medical terms with confidence and ease.

  • Bone up on words that describe and are related to the body's systems
  • Correctly pronounce and understand the meanings of medical terms
  • Find tricks and study tips for memorizing words
  • Build your knowledge with helpful word-building activities

If you're working toward a certification or degree in a medical or healthcare field, or if you're already on the job, Medical Terminology For Dummies is the fast and easy way to learn the lingo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Living for Linguistics  5

Chapter 1: Scrubbing In to Master Medical Terminology  7

Chapter 2: Medical Terminology: The How and Why  13

Chapter 3: Introducing the Big Three: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes  19

Chapter 4: Acronyms, Eponyms, Homonyms, Multiples, and Plurals — Oh My!  31

Chapter 5: Say What? Pronunciation and Usage  45

Part II: Mapping Words and Bodies  55

Chapter 6: As It Was in the Beginning: Prefixes  57

Chapter 7: So It Shall Be in the End: Suffixes  69

Chapter 8: Hey, I Know You: Word Recognition  75

Chapter 9: Deconstruction Junction: Breaking Down Words 85

Chapter 10: An Org Chart to Live By: Organization of the Body  95

Chapter 11: All Systems Go: When Systems Combine  109

Part III: In Terms of Anatomy  119

Chapter 12: Boning Up on the Skeletal System  121

Chapter 13: Getting Ripped: The Muscular System  139

Chapter 14: Skin Deep: Skin, Glands, Nails, and Hair  153

Chapter 15: It Depends on Your Perception: The Sensory Systems  167

Part IV: Let’s Get Some Physiology Terminology  185

Chapter 16: The Hear  t of the Mat  ter: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems  187

Chapter 17: Just Breathe: The Respiratory System  211

Chapter 18: Feeding Time: The Gastrointestinal System  227

Chapter 19: Gatekeepers of Health: The Endocrine System  245

Chapter 20: Calming Down: The Nervous System  261

Part V: Name That Plumbing  275

Chapter 21: When You Gotta Go: The Urinary System  277

Chapter 22: Check the Plumbing: The Male Reproductive System  291

Chapter 23: A Life Force: The Female Reproductive System  305

Part VI: The Part of Tens  325

Chapter 24: Ten Essential Medical Terminology References  327

Chapter 25: Ten or So Useful Mnemonic Devices  331

Chapter 26: Ten Sets of Terminology Tongue-Twisting Diseases 335

Appendix: Prefixes and Suffixes  341

Index  345

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Author Information

Beverley Henderson, CMT-R, HRT, has more than 40 years’ experience in medical terminology and transcription. She developed course curricula and helped write and produce a series of medical terminology teaching videos. Jennifer Lee Dorsey has been a writer and editor for 18 years.

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