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Dictionary of Medical Derivations: The Real Meaning of Medical Terms
     

Dictionary of Medical Derivations: The Real Meaning of Medical Terms

by W.G. Casselman, Ronald Casselman, Judith Dingwall
 

This dictionary explains the original meanings and correct use of the 500 Greek and Latin words and word parts that make up 98% of all medical terms used today. It stimulates better, quicker comprehension of medical terminology with less grinding memory work and is the ideal way for students to learn how medical words are formed from Latin and Greek roots and how

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This dictionary explains the original meanings and correct use of the 500 Greek and Latin words and word parts that make up 98% of all medical terms used today. It stimulates better, quicker comprehension of medical terminology with less grinding memory work and is the ideal way for students to learn how medical words are formed from Latin and Greek roots and how to construct a medical vocabulary for both old and new medical words. It shows how to break long medical words into their simple Greek and Latin roots and helps solve the mystery of medical jargon by supplying a logical system for understanding terminology. Also, it is the first work of its kind to open up access for doctors to understanding the whole of medical terminology, regardless of specialty. And because it is a totally new dictionary readers can be assured of learning true etymologies and accurate meanings instead of the notoriously inaccurate and misleading derivations copied from one so-called standard dictionary to the other over the years.

Example: "cholecystectomy": chole = gall + cyst = bladder + ec = out + tomy = cutting; so cholecystectomy is the surgical excision, or cutting out, of the gallbladder!

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This book acquaints the reader with Latin and Greek word-forming elements as found in medical terms. The dictionary focuses on the classical roots that make up medical terms.
Purpose: The entries define the basic building block terms derived from Latin and Greek words. This is coupled with an explanation of the systems which combine roots to form precise medical meanings. The author sought to help readers understand how medical terms are constructed.
Audience: The audience includes students of medical terminology as well as medical practitioners. Students of any course within the health profession can learn how medical words are formed from Latin and Greek words. This book would also be useful to technical writers and instructors.
Features: It breaks long medical words into their very simple Latin and Greek roots. This allows readers to see how the roots are combined to make medical terms. The basic definition of each root is included. Interesting cultural and historical references help explain the origins of certain words.
Assessment: As the author states, there is no better short cut to the vast medical terminology than learning the Latin and Greek roots. This book contains correct and helpful etymologies and provides an ideal way to comprehend and remember the true meaning of medical terms.
3 Stars from Doody
LouAnn Schraffenberger
This book acquaints the reader with Latin and Greek word-forming elements as found in medical terms. The dictionary focuses on the classical roots that make up medical terms. The entries define the basic building block terms derived from Latin and Greek words. This is coupled with an explanation of the systems which combine roots to form precise medical meanings. The author sought to help readers understand how medical terms are constructed. The audience includes students of medical terminology as well as medical practitioners. Students of any course within the health profession can learn how medical words are formed from Latin and Greek words. This book would also be useful to technical writers and instructors. It breaks long medical words into their very simple Latin and Greek roots. This allows readers to see how the roots are combined to make medical terms. The basic definition of each root is included. Interesting cultural and historical references help explain the origins of certain words. As the author states, there is no better short cut to the vast medical terminology than learning the Latin and Greek roots. This book contains correct and helpful etymologies and provides an ideal way to comprehend and remember the true meaning of medical terms.
Booknews
Shows how to break down medical words into their recognizable component parts and thereby understand their meaning. Presented in an attractive and easy-to-use format, this book bridges the gap between the different fields of medicine and specialty areas by defining the building-block terms from Greek and Latin and by explaining the rules that bring them together to form precise medical meanings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850707714
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/1998
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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