Learning how to speak medicine is kind of like learning a second language. On my bookshelf is a thick green Stedman’s Medical Dictionary filled with almost 2,000 pages of strange medical words.
As a practicing podiatrist, it is my job to translate a medical diagnosis for my patients like metatarsalgia into plain everyday English. As a medical student I learned most of these new challenging words. However, my staff and I use this dictionary from time to time.
I thought it would be interesting and educational for my readers to list some uncommon medical terms. Some of these terms I have never heard of before. I will also list some podiatric medical terms for fun. Maybe one day you might recognize an arfarfanart gongoozler with a bloody fipple.
Arfarfanart-adj. Very,very drunk
Gongoozler-n. A person who stares for hours at anything out of the ordinary
Fipple-n. The lower lip
Humdergeon-n. An imaginary illness
Gamephobia-n. A fear of marriage
Fnast-v. To pant
Curple-n. The buttocks
Bubukle-n. A red pimple
Zomotherapy-n. Treating tuberculosis with raw meat
Xeromyron-n. Solid ointment
Tittup-n. Restless behavior
Tonomania-n. A mania for undergoing surgery.
Sphacelate-v. To become gangrenous.
Gangrene- n. Necrosis due to obstruction, loss, or diminution of blood supply.
Necrosis- n. Death of cells, tissue, or an organ.
Ret-v. To soak or expose to moisture
Obex- n. A thin layer of cerebral gray matter.
Gnathic-adj. Pertaining to the lower jaw
Hipshot-adj. Having one hip lower than the other due to dislocation
Kakidrosis-n. Body smell
Hepaticoclangiocholecstenterostomy- n. Surgically created link between the gallbladder and hepatic duct, and between the intestine and the gallbladder
Elfen-v. To tiptoe
Acronyx- n. An ingrown nail
Pes cavus- n. a foot with a high arch
Metatarsalgia-n. Pain in the forefoot
Onychomycosis-n. A fungal infection of the nails
Plantar fascia –n. A sheet of fibrous tissue enclosing muscles in the sole of the foot
Plantar Fasciotomy-n. Surgery to cut or release the plantar fascia
See if you can combine several of these terms in a sentence while pronouncing them correctly. This is the best way I can illustrate that speaking medical is really a second language. Good luck!