aZLLT0222s Basic Medical Terminology II - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Natália Gachallová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Klára Modlíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Andrea Salayová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Dvořáčková, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Natália Gachallová, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Natália Gachallová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
( aZLLT0121c Bas. Med. Terminology I -pr && aZLLT0121s Bas. Med. Terminology I -sem ) || aZLLT0121s Bas. Med. Terminology I -sem
Basic knowledge of Latin will facilitate the study of the subject and may be regarded as a useful component of the educational outfit of students when entering the faculty, though it is no obligatory prerequisite for the acquisition of the university subject matter in the introductory phase.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Greek-Latin medical terminology is one of the relevant means for acquisition of the target knowledge of medical students. The tuition is of both theoretic and practical character, conceived as a preparatory course sui generis, introducing the students into the study of medicine by means of its language.
The content of tuition is, like the set of knowledge postulated in the examination, exclusively determined by the needs of the discipline and medical practice, with a particular focus on the head and neck regions. In the first place it provides such knowledge of Latin and/or Greek as enables the student to master quickly and purposefully the semantic aspect of terms, their grammatical form, and word-forming structure. Simultaneously it provides systematic instruction to independent solution of current terminological problems consisting in understanding of the technical content of the terms and in the formation of medical terms. Besides this it opens a view of the wider historical and linguistic fundamentals of medical terminology as well as its general theoretical contexts.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
use Latin and Greek-Latin medical terminology and expressions correctly and understand them;
explain and apply grammatical devices and rules relevant for acquisition of Greek-Latin medical terminology;
recognize the syntactic structure of complex terms;
describe the semantic structure of one-word terms;
form compound words applying the most used word-formation principles;
translate selected expressions from anatomy, pre-clinical and clinical fields of study, medical prescriptions, and pharmacology;
guess the meanings of unknown terms on the basis of semantic, grammatical and logical relations.
  • Basic medical terminology - practice. Syllabus.
  • 1st week: Revision of the 1st semester´s curriculum with focus on the adjectives of 3rd declension.
  • 2nd week: Comparison of adjectives. Dimminutive forms.
  • 3rd week: Basic word-formation principles. Expressing position in medical terminology.
  • 4th week: Numerals in clinical diagnose. Latin and Greek prefixes derived from prepositions.
  • 5th week: Greek roots referring to anatomical structures and bodily liquids.
  • 6th week: Progress test I. Greek roots referring to pathological states and diseases.
  • 7th week: Greek roots referring to medical interventions and examinations.
  • 8th week: Revision of compound words using Greek roots.
  • 9th week: Progress test II. Specific pathological states and terms related to them.
  • 10th week: Structure of Czech medical prescription. Most common formulae used in pharmacology.
  • 11th week: Revision of medical prescriptions. Forms of medications.
  • 12th week: Structure of a dissection protocol.
  • 13th week: Final Revision.
    recommended literature
  • PRUCKLOVÁ, Renata a Marta SEVEROVÁ. Introduction to Latin and Greek terminology in medicine. 4th, rev. ed. Praha: KLP, 2016. xii, 117. ISBN 9788087773413.
  • EHRLICH, Ann and Carol L. SCHROEDER. Medical terminology for health professions. 6th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cegage Learning, 2009. xxvi, 582. ISBN 9781418072520. info
Teaching methods
lectures, translation and grammar exercises, presentations, group activities, drills, homework
Assessment methods
Requirements for passing the course: 1) submitting an in-class interactive activity aimed at clarification of the terms related to selected topics 2) passing the oral exam examining two aspects of medical terminology: a) pharmacological terms in medical prescription; b) clinical terms in medical documentation with emphasis on compound words of Greek origin. Students are admitted to oral exam only after fulfilling the requirements of aVLLT0222c (attendance, passing the credit test)
A prerequisite for admission to the examination is successful completion of the final written test (gaining credit for practice).
Only one unexcused absence will be tolerated; further absences must be properly excused (i.e. via the Study Department of the Faculty of Medicine).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 15.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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