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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 soft
too loud
too fast

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

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
Sleep for 8 hours
Do not take anything by mouth
Lie flat in bed for 8 hours

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

 


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