If you are looking to learn basic medical terms that are taught in intro nursing classes, then this app is for you. This isn’t a medical dictionary, but rather a way to translate medical terms to layman’s terms. It covers basic medical terminology prefixes and suffixes, as well as common medical abbreviations.
The app first lets you learn the words by system, like Respiratory or Cardiovascular. You then pick which of the medical word parts you want to learn: prefix, suffix, root. It will present the word in it’s original language (which is typically a greek or latin word.) You click on the “card” and it will flip over to reveal the word in English. Just like a flashcard you’d use in school. How easy is that!
After you work through these, you should gain an understanding of the basic word components so that you can easily guess what things mean even if you haven’t heard of them prior.
Let’s say you are walking through a hospital, and you see an office with a sign that says “nephrology” on it. Once you learn that the suffix “ology” means “the study of” and “nephr” means “kidney”, you could probably guess that’s the “Kidney Department”, and quite possibly the office of a Kidney Specialist. How cool is that! You don’t even need to be a medical professional for this knowledge to be useful.
Once you feel that you have mastered the terminology, you can then quiz yourself by going into quiz mode. Pick which medical word part to be quizzed on, and it will present the word in English. You will be given four choices. After selecting, the correct answer is highlighted in green. If you picked the wrong answer, your answer will be highlighted in red.
Educational institutions do receive discounts through the app store.
Also check out our other medical app on Blood and Urine Lab Tests.