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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Medical Terminology Words and Meaning - Lesson 331

We try to learn medical terminology. what is a medical terminology? a medical terminology is a medical word, that's all. what is the difference between an ordinary word and a medical word. Every medical term has three different components, such as, prefix, combining vowel, and a suffix. Each medical term word is an unique one with its special meaning.

Take some examples, cardiologist, dental, myalgia.

The above examples are medical terms. The first one cardiologist means specialist in heart ailments. How can we come to this meaning? only by dividing them in mind. How can we divide  cardiologist? We can divide this word like this cardi/o/logist. The first part prefix is cardi/ means heart. /o/ is the combining vowel, and -/logist means specialist.

Take the second one dental. How can we divide them? dent/al

dent/ means teeth and -/al means pertaining to. So, dental means pertaining to teeth. 

Take the last medical terminology myalgia. what does it mean? my/- means muscle -/algia means pain. It means muscle pain.

All medical terms have combining vowel /o/ to connect one or more roots to the suffix.

Now we have to understand what is a root? it means the basement of a medical word, as it forms the foundation of a medical word. It is noted that each root should be ended with a combining vowel /o/. Any medical word can be with one or more than one roots. See this example.

A word with single root and combining vowel.

Cardiology = cardi/o/logy

A word with two roots and combining vowels.

gastroenterology = gastr/o/enter/o/logy

gastr/ - gastr/ means stomach and enter/ means intestine and /logy means study of

All roots are connected with 2 combining vowels.


In the next lesson, we will see about more medical terms and how to split them. Okay. Come on.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Understand Medical Terminology - Lesson 330

Aims of learning the medical language

Medical transcriptionists are also called as medical language specialist or MLS, why because they should know everything about a medical term. Every MT should keep in mind how to analyze medical words by dividing them into its components, such as, PREFIX (word beginning), COMBINING VOWEL (the vowel O commonly joins one or two prefixes and suffixes), and SUFFIX (word ending component).

Each medical terms is a complex medical term. So, analyzing them by splitting them into its component is very much important to understand the meaning of the word. Each component of a medical word is unique one. This type of understanding is important to understand the meaning of each term, so that you can recognize each term.

By splitting each medical word, we do relate them and understand the structure of anatomy and function of the human body or any disease conditions etc. MTs should not try to just mug up the words to understand their meaning, it is totally an useless method. You should understand what is the real meaning of itself or what it terms about the human body. For example, encephalitis means encephal- means brain, and -itis means inflammation. It means inflammation of the brain. If we can understand each medical term by its components, we don't need to study them separately using any medical dictionaries.

All medical transcriptionists must not write any term with wrong spelling. Correct spelling is very very important thing in this profession, as all transcribed healthcare documents are considered as medicolegal documents. Some medical terms have the same pronounciation, but with different meanings. For example, ileum and ilium. In this example, ilium is a pelvic bone, as well as ileum is a segment of small intestine.

From the next lesson, we will learn how to analyze a medical word. Okay. Come on.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

What is Hyperinsulinism? - Lesson 329

Hyperinsulinism - What is it? When pancreas starts to secrete more insulin than its normal level and this abnormal condition is termed as hyperinsulinism. Due to this abnormal state, the level of blood sugar decreased because the secreted insulin in great amounts draw the sugar out of blood and so this happens. This may happen separately or may be associated with any other disease conditions in the body. It is understood importantly that when beta cells in the blood enters into the pancreas, more insulin is secreted. Why this happens? When more amount of blood glucose in the blood, pancreas automatically secretes more insulin to draw more glucose from the blood.

What are the normal blood sugar level? For normal adults, the fasting blood sugar level should be 70 to 100 millgram per deciliter (mg/dL).  Non-fasting blood sugar should be below 140 mg/dL.  Hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia is a condition, in which less glucose is present in the blood due to over secretion of insulin dropping out glucose from blood.

Diabetes Mellitus: This is an abnormal state where human body fails to work against insulin secreted by the pancreas, it may be an advanced state of hyperinsulinism. When body does not respond to the insulin for over a period of time, it may be lead to the diabetes mellitus.

What is congenital hyperinsulinism? Congenital means by birth. Some infants may born with hypersecretion of insulin.

What are the hyperinsulinism symptoms? Due to less amount of sugars in the blood due to higher amount of secretion of insulin in the blood by pancreas, many symptoms are not visible. The visible symptoms of less glucose in the blood evidently seen are weakness, shakiness, seizures or coma.

In the next lesson, we will learn about diabetes. Okay. Come on.

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