Types of Medical Terms: Eponyms vs. Descriptive Terms


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1. The term microorganism is an example of a(n) ________.

2. Eponyms in medicine occur most commonly in the names of _______.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Curious to see how much you know about the use of eponyms and descriptive words as medical terms? Then take this quiz in partnership with completion of the worksheet. Some queries in the quiz are comprised of fill-in-the-blank questions about eponyms and descriptive words.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessment will test you on:

  • Term describing a discovery named after a person
  • Identification of word types and origins of specific vocabulary used in medicine
  • Most common medical words using eponyms

Skills Practiced

Increase your expertise in using these skills by completing the worksheet/quiz pairing:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about eponyms and descriptive terms used in medical vocabulary from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of eponyms to identify a correct example
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the word microorganism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the origin of the word cell

Additional Learning

Check out the accompanying lesson entitled Types of Medical Terms: Eponyms vs. Descriptive Terms to learn more. The following objectives will be achieved after review of the lesson materials:

  • Differentiate between eponyms and descriptive terms
  • Identify another phrase used to describe medical terminology
  • Learn real-world examples of eponyms