Ch 1: Overview of Medical Terminology

About This Chapter

Study this chapter of medical terms at any time to refresh your understanding of essential medical vocabulary and abbreviations. This self-paced chapter can help you prepare for exams, finish homework assignments, get ahead in class or bring up your grades.

Overview of Medical Terminology - Chapter Summary

This mobile-friendly series of lessons provides a high-level overview of medical terminology and abbreviations. Follow along with our expert instructors to understand the formation of medical terms, identify common medical abbreviations and define important disease and diagnostic terms. Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you commit these vocabulary words to memory. Feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how medical terms are formed
  • Understand basic medical terms related to acute and chronic disease diagnoses
  • Evaluate the importance of accuracy when using medical terminology
  • Recognize common medical abbreviations

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Medical Terminology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How Medical Terms are Formed

1. How Medical Terms are Formed

In this lesson, we'll focus on how medical terms are formed and practice forming them. You will become familiar with how to build medical terms to describe parts of the body, procedures, and bodily processes.

Basic Medical Terms of Diagnosis for Acute & Chronic Diseases

2. Basic Medical Terms of Diagnosis for Acute & Chronic Diseases

This lesson will focus on the differences between a diagnosis and a differential diagnosis. We will also get an understanding of what is meant by acute and chronic diseases.

Accuracy & Abbreviations in Medical Terminology

3. Accuracy & Abbreviations in Medical Terminology

We are going to focus on why it is of the utmost importance to be accurate when using medical terminology. We will then look at the role of abbreviations in medical terminology and gain an understanding of why they are so useful.

Common Medical Abbreviations A - C

4. Common Medical Abbreviations A - C

We will define the most commonly used abbreviations in medical terminology that begin with the letters A-C. We will also discuss how the abbreviations are used.

Common Medical Abbreviations D - J

5. Common Medical Abbreviations D - J

This lesson covers the most used medical abbreviations that begin with the letters D - J. We will look at the common ways in which the abbreviations are used.

Common Medical Abbreviations K - O

6. Common Medical Abbreviations K - O

This lesson will cover some of the most commonly used medical abbreviations that begin with the letters K-O. We will look at some explanations for how the abbreviations are used as well.

Common Medical Abbreviations P - R

7. Common Medical Abbreviations P - R

This lesson will cover medical abbreviations that begin with the letters P - R. We will look at how they are used and discuss ways to distinguish similar abbreviations.

Common Medical Abbreviations S - Y

8. Common Medical Abbreviations S - Y

We will be going over common medical abbreviations that begin with the letters 'S' through 'Y'. How they are used and where they may appear are also going to be covered in this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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