The road to success in any health career begins with a solid understanding of medical terminology.
The road to success in any health career begins with a solid understanding of medical terminology. Medical terminology truly is the language of medicine. As a medical scribe, understanding medical terms, abbreviations and acronyms is crucial to your job. This lesson will introduce you to the elements that make up most medical terms so that you can quickly build a medical vocabulary. Those elements are root words, suffixes and prefixes, which fit together like a puzzle to form the terms. Don’t let any of this overwhelm you, though. Like learning a new language, the more you use medical terminology, the more comfortable you’ll become.
This lesson will prepare you to better understand medical records.
Take a look at a sample chart note.
Learning word parts is the easiest and fastest way to build a medical vocabulary.
The root word is the foundation of most medical terms.
A root word with a combining vowel added to it is called a combining form.
This section lists combining forms and their meanings.
Suffixes are positioned at the end of a medical term.
This section lists suffixes and their meanings.
Prefixes are added to the beginning of the term.