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 Interesting cultural and historical references help explain the origins of certain words.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.