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Ch 4: Pathology Overview & Vocabulary

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to make sure you understand how doctors are able to discuss pathologies and infectious diseases. You can study for class, prepare for an exam or simply improve your knowledge of medical terminology.

Pathology Overview & Vocabulary - Chapter Summary

Pathology is the medical science involved in the study of infectious diseases. This chapter allows you to study the different areas covered by pathology and some of the most common terminology used. The lessons cover cell death, tissue and gland pathology and how infectious diseases can enter the body. Take the lesson quizzes to quickly test what you have just learned. These lessons are highly adaptable and can be viewed on your phone, tablet or computer. When using these lessons, you will learn about:

  • What pathology is
  • How cell increases, decreases and adaptations are interpreted
  • The terminology used to discuss tissue pathology
  • How glands can be affected by disease
  • What different routes are available for disease transmission

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Pathology Overview & Vocabulary
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What is Pathology? - Related Medical Terminology

1. What is Pathology? - Related Medical Terminology

Have you ever wondered how your doctor knows whether or not that little dot on your body is cancer? Well, they actually don't know for certain until they converse with a pathologist about it. Find out what pathology is and what pathologists do!

Conversion or Decreases in Cell Type or Number

2. Conversion or Decreases in Cell Type or Number

This lesson will discuss cellular changes in the body such as metaplasia, dysplasia, atrophy, aplasia, and hypoplasia. We'll talk about their meanings as well as some examples of why they may occur.

Cellular Adaptation: Increases in Number or Size

3. Cellular Adaptation: Increases in Number or Size

This lesson will compare and contrast different types of cell, organ, and tissue growths. More specifically, we'll cover hypertrophy, hyperplasia, and neoplasia.

Tissue Pathology Medical Terms

4. Tissue Pathology Medical Terms

Our tissues can do a lot of weird things. They can become too specialized or they can become totally immature, and we have terms for all of this! In this lesson, we'll learn about anaplasia, prosoplasia, and desmoplasia.

Gland Pathology & Medical Terminology

5. Gland Pathology & Medical Terminology

Your body is filled with all sorts of glands and they can be full of potential problems. This lesson is going to define many pathologies associated with glands, including adenocarcinoma, adenoma, adenomalacia, and more!

The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

6. The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

This lesson will discuss the different ways you can get sick. We'll discuss how pathogenic microbes can be transmitted to you or someone else as we explore horizontal and vertical transmission as well as vectors, vehicles, and fomites.

Medical Terms for Types of Diseases

7. Medical Terms for Types of Diseases

There is more than one kind of illness, disorder, or disease, and each general class has a specific name. We'll define idiopathic, nosocomial, infectious, organic, functional, and iatrogenic illnesses and disorders in this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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