In case you are just starting to learn about medical terminology, it would be good too, first of all, do a worksheet on abbreviations. Of course, you may not know any, but if you have a background in other related fields like Math, this could prove useful for the future. For instance, the worksheet I’ve mentioned above is for anyone starting with Math. Here’s a summary of what it contains:
* ABCDE (Alternate Attribute of Communication-digits-doe) is the technical term for ABC or the learning system for those with no mathematics skills whatsoever. People without any education whatsoever could benefit from this; most probably because they do not realize they do not know what they are doing. It also looks a bit strange. Using ABCDE is simply thought to be better than ABC or maybe ABC is better than DDE, the key seems to be the latter being the best option when you are presented with several alternatives.
* DASHS (Diagrams For Symbolic Expression) is a set of diagrams used to write down a chart. It is similar to words written out in a book, the difference being that each diagram represents one word. The diagram, or the word, as it is called, is a way of writing down the meaning of the word in plain English language.
* HUMAN (Observations on Case Details) is the term used to describe observations made on the physical aspects of diseases and illnesses. Most physicians will use this term to describe the observations they make while writing the patient’s file or when conducting examinations.
* CYPRESS (Cable Uro-facial) is a term used to describe a condition where one colon (the top) empties into the esophagus (a tube that connects the stomach to the mouth). It is often used to refer to the disorder named the “cypress polyp”. The condition is not uncommon.
* GRID (Golgi-Terminal Disease-syndrome) is an odd but interesting case. It is usually used to refer to a skeletal dysplasia where the growth of one limb follows the bone growth of another limb in a child. However, the use of GRID has been extended by some scholars to include tumors that appear and grow over time in a non-neoplastic or non-cancerous condition like a spine disease.
* SYMPTOM (Symptomatology of the Myotonic and Spastic Disorders) is a term used to describe a symptom combination. The term is frequently used in both dermatology and neurology. This can help when you’re learning about conditions like Paraphilia, or paraphilic disorders of any kind. It can also be used for conditions like a personality disorder, which is a mental or emotional condition that results in physical symptoms.
These are only a few of the many different medical terms that you can use. When you know what they mean, it will allow you to more easily be understood by medical professionals when speaking about your health condition.