Ask students for examples of medical or professional terminology that they have encountered in the past.
Eponyms: a word based on the name of a person, such as Parkinson disease, or bundle of His Acronyms: a word formed from the first letters of the words in a set phrase, such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)
What are the main source languages for medical terminology?
Word root: the core of a word. Each medical term contains at least one word root. A prefix often indicates a number, direction, time, or negation. A suffix often indicates a procedure or condition. A combining vowel is used to connect two word roots or a word root and a suffix. It is not used to connect a prefix and word root.
What is the difference between a word root and a prefix? What is the difference between a prefix and suffix? What is the purpose of adding a combining vowel to a medical term?
The word parts are separated by vertical slashes.
Why is it important to understand the basic rules of combining word parts into medical terms?
What medical terms can be formed by the word parts listed on the slide?
Which term has a suffix meaning “inflammation”? Which term has a root meaning “bone”? Which term has two root words?
What term is formed by the word parts indicated on the slide? (osteoarthritis)