So, finally, a break! Three weeks of no classes. Whew, this last semester was a bear.
Notice I am still sitting at my computer, can’t break away. So I decided it was time to have a little fun. I am going to share with you my twelve favorite medical words, except one will be a fake. It will either be a made-up word, or the definition will be made up. Good luck trying to figure it out. The ones who get it right will win a FABULOUS PRIZE! (Knowing that you are very smart! That is a fabulous prize, is it not?)
1. Infundibulum: the little stalk your pituitary gland sits on.
2. Poikilocytosis: having blood cells that have little pointy things sticking out
3. Acephaly: the condition of being brainless, (a requirement for being a member of Congress)
4. Echoencepholography: using bouncing sounds inside your head to see how your brain works (anybody home home home?)
5. Amaxoapraxia: inability to drive (Dad, I’m sorry, but you are suffering from amaxoapraxia, I’ll have to take your car keys)
6. Biperforate: what a vampire does to your neck
7. Dentoliva: having olives stuck in your teeth after having a Greek salad
8. Glossodyniotropism: enjoying sticking your tongue where it doesn’t belong
9. Eupnia: normal breathing (they need a word for this?)
10. Myokymia: that little twitch in your eyelid when you are tired
11. Myokrismus: a creaking muscle
12. Lordosis: no, it doesn’t mean you take the Lord’s name in vain too often, it means you butt sticks out because your lower back is too curvy.
The thing about medical terminology, it is designed to be mysterious, unpronouncable (say glomerulonephritis three times real fast) and to make the medical people sound really smart. A medical person won’t say “You don’t have any teeth”, it has to be adentulous. The hay fever is coryza. Creaky knees have crepitus, that is where decrepit comes from.
I have to say, that those three years of Latin in high school are now paying off.
Just as an FYI. If a doctor is going to do anything with -ectomy after it, they are going to cut something off, -otomy means they are going to poke holes in you, -oscopy means they are going to stick a tube in some orifice that you don’t want it in to take a peak at your insides. A disease ending in -itis means you have an infection or inflammation, -osis is a problem without an infection.
I almost forgot another favorite word: borborygmi: the sound your stomach makes.
I think I will go read a non-medical book on the patio now.