Accuracy & Abbreviations in Medical Terminology


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1. What is the minimal amount of difference that can occur between two medical terms?

2. Which of these is true about abbreviations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Medical terminology needs to be extremely accurate for many reasons, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the need for accuracy when writing, speaking and abbreviating medical terms. Some concepts you'll be quizzed on include minimal differences in the spelling of medical terms, case sensitive abbreviations, and legal ramifications of the incorrect spelling of medical words.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this test, you will be assessed on your knowledge of:

  • Accuracy in medical terminology
  • Usefulness of medical abbreviations
  • Legality of a patient's medical information
  • Minimal spelling differences between two medical terms

Skills Practiced

This assessment and worksheet will test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on the necessity of accurate spelling of medical terms and abbreviations from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about capitalization in medical abbreviations in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the life-threatening events that could occur by changing one letter in the spelling of a medical term
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the legal importance of correct spellings in a patient's medical chart

Additional Learning

To learn more about accurate medical terminology, review the accompanying lesson on Medical Abbreviations & Accuracy. The lesson covers these key objectives:

  • Know the different languages from which medical terminology is derived
  • Describe the vital importance in writing and speaking with accurate medical terminology and find examples of what can happen when inaccurate terms are used
  • Identify the legal ramifications of spelling inaccuracies in a patient's medical file
  • Understand that medical abbreviations are case sensitive