5 Creative Ways to Quickly Learn Medical Terminology

Many medical terms have unfamiliar sounding Greek and Latin roots, often making them challenging for people to remember.


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As healthcare professionals, it’s not uncommon to come across medical terminology which is simply foreign to you. However, to be successful, healthcare students need to be able to read and understand all sorts of medical terms, even if they’re caught off guard in clinical settings and in internships without time to look up the term. So it’s important to prepare ahead of time, and keep the terms you’re learning in your science courses today still fresh in your mind tomorrow (and for years ahead, really).

There’s no way around it, if you want to be viewed as competent and intelligent, you must have a strong understanding of medical terminology.

But how do you learn medical terminology easily? By using different tools and methods of learning and committing to memory the basics of medical terminology, you’ll be able to understand and use the proper terminology in whatever situation you find yourself in. Follow these tips for learning medical terms quickly and easily:

#1 First Learn Greek and Latin Roots

Before anything else, you must understand that most medical terms are derived from Latin or Greek. By learning the Greek and Latin roots most often used in medicine, you’ll be able to quickly and easily figure out the meaning of almost any term you’ll come across in your career. […*

(From The Medisave UK Blog)

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