Learn Medical English

Are you a doctor, medical worker or life scientist and need to learn medical or scientific English terminology so you can communicate with colleagues or associates in your field? Do you want to be able to understand and read material in the scientific or medical field in English?


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We can help you read, understand and use medical English terms like:

Before you can start to learn and understand medical terms, you should first learn the basics of how medical terms are constructed from roots, suffixes and prefixes.

There are three basic parts to medical terms: a word root (usually the middle of the word and its central meaning), a prefix (comes at the beginning and usually identifies some subdivision or part of the central meaning) and the suffix (which will appear at the end and modifies the central meaning as to what or who is interacting with it or what is happening to it).   Let’s see some examples to better understand-


therm = heat
hypothermia (less heat), thermometer (measuring heat)

Let’s look at a whole medical term and break it down into parts.

(prefix) (root) (suffix)
myo = muscle card = heart itis = inflammation

Don’t get blown away by that big, intimidating word! We haven’t introduced word roots yet. I just wanted to demonstrate the major parts of a medical term. Let’s see how prefix and suffix changes can alter the meaning of a term without changing its central meaning by keeping the root the same.


myocarditis = muscle layer of heart inflamed
pericarditis = outer layer of heart inflamed
endocarditis = inner layer of heart inflamed


cardiologist = a physician specializing in the heart
cardiomyopathy = damage to heart muscle layer
cardiomegaly = enlargement of the heart


Stomato = mouth stomatitis
Dento = teeth dentist
Glosso/linguo = tongue glossitis, lingual nerve
Gingivo = gums gingivitis
Encephalo = brain encephalitis
Gastro = stomach gastritis
Entero = intestine gastroenteritis
Colo = large intestine colitis, megacolon
Procto = anus/rectum proctitis, proctologist
Hepato = liver hepatitis, hepatomegaly
Nephro/rene = kidney nephrosis, renal artery
Orchido = testis orchiditis, orchidectomy
Oophoro = ovary oophorectomy
Hystero/metro =uterus hysterectomy,
Salpingo = uterine tubes hysterosalpingogram
Dermo = skin dermatitis
Masto/mammo = breast mammography, mastectomy
Osteo = bones osteoporosis
Cardio = heart electrocardiogram (ECG)
Cysto = bladder cystitis
Rhino = nose rhinitis (runny nose!)
Phlebo/veno = veins phlebitis, phlebotomy
Pneumo/pulmo = lung pneumonitis, pulmonologist
Hemo/emia = blood hematologist, anemia

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