Obscure Medical Terms: How Well Do You 'Speak Medicine'?

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


November 09, 2018

What in the World Does That Word Mean?

Over many centuries, health professionals have developed a unique vocabulary, often derived from Greek or Latin words. Because many of these original medical terms are confusing—not only to patients, but to ourselves—simpler words have, over time, replaced some of these obscure words.

Take this quiz to test your familiarity with this list of rarely used, difficult medical words.


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