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Clinical Terminology

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richard hellyar

on 6 April 2017

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Transcript of Clinical Terminology

To familiarise ourselves with language used in the clinical setting.

Describe how words can be constructed/taken apart.

Identify key components of words and interpret their meaning.

Learning a new language?


Root word

Combining Vowel
Word roots
Why do we need it?
R. Hellyar
Clinical Terminology
Hard for us?
Worse for patients!
It allows us to accurately describe.
The human body


What is this called?
Refers to body parts or components
Mr Jones has been admitted to Critical Care. He has suffered a spontaneous sub-dural haematoma. This has resulted in raised intra-cranial pressure and as a result he has become bradycardic and hypotensive.

Suffix (end of word and describes condition or action).
Systematic approach





Hyper Bi Intra

Hypo Peri Melan

Inter Mega Pseudo

Epi Micro Leuko
Mrs Evans has severe epigastric pain, the plan is for her to undergo an gastroscopy and colonoscopy in the morning. She is tachypnoeic, tachycardic and hypertensive as a result of her pain.
There is also a concern that she has developed a bacteraemia and as a result will require pharmacological intervention in the form of antibiotics.
At her antenatal appointment it has been identified that Mrs Chow has hyperglycaemia, this has led to a feeling of distress.
You know more than you think.

Not a case of memorising/
translating another language.

Systematic approach to taking
words apart and re-building
It can look like this!
So we don't want this!
You might feel a bit like this!
Ultimately we want this!
So let's start with this!
R.Hellyar & A. Pritchard
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