Medical terminology or the language of medicine is what medical transcription is all about. As you already know, it is easier to understand medical words when you break them down and know the meanings for each part.
Many medical terms come from Greek and Latin so learning medical terminology is like learning a new language. If you know how to identify word associations and analyze key elements, it is easier to understand these terms.
Combining forms usually appear at the beginning of terms but they also can appear within or at the end. Most of the medical terms are a combination of two or more parts. If you can interpret each part, you can usually understand the meaning of the word. Interpreting the meaning of a medical term requires knowledge of common medical roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
We have all had the training on all of this, but if you do not work on all of the different specialties all the time it is easy to forget some of it.
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