Medical Terminology For Dummies

Medical Terminology For Dummies

by Beverley Henderson, Jennifer Lee Dorsey

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Grasp and retain the fundamentals of medical terminology quickly and easily

Don't know a carcinoma from a hematoma? This friendly guide explains how the easiest way to remember unfamiliar, often-tongue-twisting words is to learn their parts: the prefix, root, and suffix. Medical Terminology For Dummies breaks down the words you'll encounter in your medical terminology course and gives you plain-English explanations and examples to help you master definitions, pronunciations, and applications across all medical fields.

For many, the language of medicine and healthcare can be confusing, and frequently presents the greatest challenge to students – this guide was designed to help you overcome this problem with ease! Packed with ideas, study materials, quizzes, mind maps, and games to help you retain the information, Medical Terminology For Dummies quickly gets you up to speed on medical prefixes, suffixes, and root words so you'll approach even unfamiliar medical terms with confidence and ease.

  • Bone up on words that describe and are related to the body's systems
  • Correctly pronounce and understand the meanings of medical terms
  • Find tricks and study tips for memorizing words
  • Build your knowledge with helpful word-building activities

If you're working toward a certification or degree in a medical or healthcare field, or if you're already on the job, Medical Terminology For Dummies is the fast and easy way to learn the lingo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118944042
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: 2nd Revised ed.
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 59,377
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Beverley Henderson, CMT-R, HRT, has more than 40 years’ experience in medical terminology and transcription. She developed course curricula and helped write and produce a series of medical terminology teaching videos. Jennifer Lee Dorsey has been a writer and editor for 18 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Living for Linguistics 5

Chapter 1: Scrubbing In to Master Medical Terminology 7

Chapter 2: Medical Terminology: The How and Why 13

Chapter 3: Introducing the Big Three: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes 19

Chapter 4: Acronyms, Eponyms, Homonyms, Multiples, and Plurals — Oh My! 31

Chapter 5: Say What? Pronunciation and Usage 45

Part II: Mapping Words and Bodies 55

Chapter 6: As It Was in the Beginning: Prefixes 57

Chapter 7: So It Shall Be in the End: Suffixes 69

Chapter 8: Hey, I Know You: Word Recognition 75

Chapter 9: Deconstruction Junction: Breaking Down Words 85

Chapter 10: An Org Chart to Live By: Organization of the Body 95

Chapter 11: All Systems Go: When Systems Combine 109

Part III: In Terms of Anatomy 119

Chapter 12: Boning Up on the Skeletal System 121

Chapter 13: Getting Ripped: The Muscular System 139

Chapter 14: Skin Deep: Skin, Glands, Nails, and Hair 153

Chapter 15: It Depends on Your Perception: The Sensory Systems 167

Part IV: Let’s Get Some Physiology Terminology 185

Chapter 16: The Hear t of the Mat ter: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems 187

Chapter 17: Just Breathe: The Respiratory System 211

Chapter 18: Feeding Time: The Gastrointestinal System 227

Chapter 19: Gatekeepers of Health: The Endocrine System 245

Chapter 20: Calming Down: The Nervous System 261

Part V: Name That Plumbing 275

Chapter 21: When You Gotta Go: The Urinary System 277

Chapter 22: Check the Plumbing: The Male Reproductive System 291

Chapter 23: A Life Force: The Female Reproductive System 305

Part VI: The Part of Tens 325

Chapter 24: Ten Essential Medical Terminology References 327

Chapter 25: Ten or So Useful Mnemonic Devices 331

Chapter 26: Ten Sets of Terminology Tongue-Twisting Diseases 335

Appendix: Prefixes and Suffixes 341

Index 345

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Medical Terminology for Dummies 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has helped me out tremendously as I took a medical terminology class and received more info in this book than the actual class!!!
preacherchuck More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As a paramedic it is useful for me to have a good understanding of medical terminology in order to communicate well with doctors, nurses, and other health care workers. This book filled my need for improved understanding while being entertaining and easy to read too. It is not a text and does not have exercise at the end of each section, but would be a good adjunct for a text. I found the anatomy explanations to be very helpful, concise description of subjects made difficult in A&P texts by so much info.
ImissMJ More than 1 year ago
I am in the process of going back to college to obtain a certificate in medical terminology. I have only read about 200 pages of this book but it is very informative. I'm sure it will help me when I start my college classes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I orderd this book prior to entering my major (Surgical Technologist) and i must say this book is helpful in every way. Fast-forward a couple of months later i passed my medical terminology course with an B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Straight forward, broken down into easy to understand sections
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