MedlinePlus Team announces a downloadable version for the Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
Download available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/medwords/medicalwordssownload.html
“Break-it-up!” teaches the user to decipher medical terms by breaking it down into different parts. “Word Roots” shows the consumer common terms that are primary roots in medical terminology. The learner goes through roots for the heart and blood vessels, parts of the head, digestive organs, the rest of the body, and then begins a practice session defining terms using roots. Beginnings and endings of words about size, location, tests and procedures, color, problems, and medical specialists are covered. The user then practices combining the terms with more hands on practice. The tutorial has a built in quiz testing the learner’s knowledge and helping enforce what has been covered. Last the tutorial covers common abbreviations or acronyms in medical terminology.
Links to the MedlinePlus MedicalDictionary, Word Parts and What They Mean, and Common Abbreviations for more information are included at the end of the program, but the buttons only work with an Internet connection. The entire tutorial can be downloaded and viewed without an Internet connection for use within classrooms.