Building a Medical Vocabulary - Pageburst E-Book on VitalSource (Retail Access Card)

with Spanish Translations


  • Peggy Leonard, BA, MT, MEd, Chesterfield, MO

This is a Pageburst digital textbook; Build the medical vocabulary skills you need for success in health care with this engaging resource. With an active learning approach ideal for use in the classroom or for self-study, this comprehensive, yet approachable, text establishes basic terms and progressively introduces new root words, prefixes, and suffixes with a unique building-block format that encourages you to learn as you write and speak new terms. Concepts are presented in small, manageable segments accompanied by chapter exercises and review questions that help you understand medical terms and ensure effective communication in the health care field.
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Book information

  • Published: February 2009
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3598-3

Table of Contents

Introductory Chapters: Foundations of Medical Terminology

1. Tools for Building Medical Terms

Word Building, Word Parts, Forming Plurals, and Pronunciation

2. Medicine and its Specialties

Using Combining Forms to Build Terms about Medical Specialties

3. Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Surgical Terms

Using Suffixes to Build Medical Terms

4. Diseases and Disorders

Using Suffixes to Build Terms about Diseases and Disorders

5. Prefixes

Using Prefixes, Suffixes and Combining Forms to Build Medical Terms

6. Organization of the Body

The Body’s Organizational Scheme, Anatomic and Directional Terms, Body Regions & Cavities

7. Body Fluids and Immunity

Cellular Needs, Blood and its Terminology, and the Immune System

Body Systems

8. Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

9. Respiratory System

10. Digestive System

11. Urinary System

12. Reproductive System

13. Reproduction and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

14. Musculoskeletal System

15. Nervous System and Psychological Disorders

16. Integumentary System

17. Endocrine System


18. Review of All Chapters


I. Chapter Pharmacology
Erinn Kao, Pharm D

II. Medical Abbreviations

III. Enhancing Spanish Communication
English-Spanish Translation of Selected Terms
Spanish-English Translation of Selected Terms
Communication Quick Reference for Spanish-Speaking Clients

IV. Genetics

V. Conversion Tables

VI. Solutions to Review Exercises

VII. Word Parts
Alphabetized Word Parts and Meanings
English Words and Corresponding Word Parts