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Do You Speak Doctor-ese?

written by: Nightingale
 
See how much you know about the words you hear at the doctor's office!

Question 1:


What does the prefix "tachy-" mean?
too slow
too fast
too soft
too loud

Question 2:


The suffix "-itis" refers to what condition?
inflammation
enlargement
deficiency
bleeding

Question 3:


The doctor says you need a CBC. What is he talking about?
An enema
A blood test
A vacation
A medication

Question 4:


The doctor writes a prescription with instructions to take the medication PRN. What does PRN mean?
Immediately
As needed
Every other day
By mouth

Question 5:


In preparation for a blood test, the lab slip says you have to be NPO for 8 hours prior to the test. What do you have to do?
Exercise for 8 hours
Lie flat in bed for 8 hours
Do not take anything by mouth
Sleep for 8 hours

Question 6:


During a physical exam, the doctor says he wants to auscultate your heart. What instrument will he use?
Scalpel
Forceps
Stethoscope
Blood pressure monitor

Question 7:


To palpate your thyroid gland, what part of your body will the doctor touch?
Lower back
Upper arm
Neck
Lower abdomen

Question 8:


Where are the Islets of Langerhans?
in the pancreas
in the brain
in the liver
in Denmark

Question 9:


If the doctor writes "NSR" on your electrocardiogram, what can you expect him to tell you?
That you'll have to take medication for your heart
That everything is fine
That you'll need open heart surgery
That the reading isn't accurate and the test should be repeated

Question 10:


After checking your blood pressure, the doctor says the diastolic pressure is elevated. To which number is he referring?
The top number
Both numbers together
The difference between the numbers
The bottom number

 


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