Medical Terminology Resources

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Medical terminology resources are widely available for personal use, academic studies and career development. Learn about the types of courses, tutorials and other medical terminology resource options.

Types of Medical Terminology Resources

Medical terminology resources may be helpful for patients, caregivers or other individuals interested in learning more about certain medical terms, along with students pursuing health-related degrees and those employed in medical-related settings. Common medical terminology resources include:

  • Multi-media tutorials and online medical dictionaries
  • In-depth online courses
  • For-credit and career certificate courses offered by colleges and universities

Dictionaries and Tutorials

Several organizations provide online dictionaries and multi-media tutorials. Oxford University Press offers an online dental dictionary that visitors may use to browse terms or search for specific words. The National Institutes of Health's U.S. National Library of Medicine (, meanwhile, provides several free online resources to help consumers understand medical terms. Visitors may use the medical dictionary to look up individual words, while a multi-media tutorial provides a deeper understanding of medical terminology by breaking down the meaning of common medical prefixes, word roots and suffixes.'s Medical Terminology Course's Medical Terminology course comprises 30 chapters that cover fundamentals and terminology for virtually all areas of medicine. One may utilize the entire course for the comprehensive study of terminology, or choose only the terminology related to their specific areas of interest in chapters that include:

Additional Medical Terminology Courses

College students in degree programs may take medical terminology courses for credit at their schools. These courses are often required for health-related degrees. Meanwhile, professionals in health-related settings, such as insurance companies or hospitals, may find medical terminology career certificate programs offered online.

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