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.

myo = musclecard = heartitis = 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= mouthstomatitis
Dento= teethdentist
Glosso/linguo= tongueglossitis, lingual nerve
Gingivo= gumsgingivitis
Encephalo= brainencephalitis
Gastro= stomachgastritis
Entero= intestinegastroenteritis
Colo= large intestinecolitis, megacolon
Procto= anus/rectumproctitis, proctologist
Hepato= liverhepatitis, hepatomegaly
Nephro/rene= kidneynephrosis, renal artery
Orchido= testisorchiditis, orchidectomy
Oophoro= ovaryoophorectomy
Salpingo= uterine tubeshysterosalpingogram
Dermo= skindermatitis
Masto/mammo= breastmammography, mastectomy
Osteo= bonesosteoporosis
Cardio= heartelectrocardiogram (ECG)
Cysto= bladdercystitis
Rhino= noserhinitis (runny nose!)
Phlebo/veno= veinsphlebitis, phlebotomy
Pneumo/pulmo= lungpneumonitis, pulmonologist
Hemo/emia= bloodhematologist, anemia

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