BVOT011c Self-specific terminology

Faculty of Medicine
Autumn 2009
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Soňa Hudíková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), doc. PhDr. Elena Marečková, CSc. (deputy)
Mgr. Jana Mikulová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marta Šimečková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), doc. PhDr. Elena Marečková, CSc. (deputy)
Mgr. Jarmila Šafránková (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Elena Marečková, CSc.
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Elena Marečková, CSc.
Timetable of Seminar Groups
BVOT011c/01: Wed 9:20–11:00 S115
BVOT011c/02: Wed 9:20–11:00 KOM S117
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 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
Course objectives
General characteristics of the subject: Medical Latin has the character of a preparatory subject whose sense is to facilitate for the students basic orientation in the professional language. The conception of tuition specifies three main tasks: to provide elementary technical vocabulary where nouns and adjectives predominate; to provide instruction in the regular nominal inflexion, and to introduce into the theory of word formation on a professional level. This is complemented with an informative view of select topics in the theory and history of medical terminology.
Learning outcomes: At the end of the course students should be able to:
recall grammatical rules employed in medical terminology;
translate expressions from particular field of studies;
employ and understand basic medical terminology;
recognize the semantic structure of selected anatomical and clinical terms;
form compound words applying particular word-formation principles;
explain syntactic structure of complex terms.
  • MEDICAL LATIN - practice. Syllabus.
  • 1st week: Introduction to the study of the subject: significance and contents of the course, methodological instructions, study literature. Latin alphabet and pronunciation. Basic nominal categories and their specific features in medical terminology. Latin and Greek nouns of 1st declension, adjectives of 1st declension.
  • 2nd week: Syntactic relations among constituents of multiple terms, word order. Latin and Greek nouns of 2nd declension, adjectives of 2nd declension.
  • 3rd week: Latin nouns of 3rd declension. Notes on anatomical nomenclature.
  • 4th week: Greek nouns of 3rd declension. Notes on clinical terminology.
  • 5th week: Adjectives of 3rd declension (three-termination, two-termination, one-termination adjectives).
  • 6th week: Latin nouns of 4th and 5th declensions. Renowned personalities of ancient medicine.
  • 7th week: Comparison of adjectives (regular, irregular, defective).
  • 8th week: Numerals: cardinal, ordinal, and numeral adverbs; objects next to numerals.
  • 9th week: Verbs (1): infinitive, imperative, present passive subjunctive. How to understand a prescription.
  • 10th week: Verbs (2): present active and perfect passive participles. Remedies.
  • 11th week: Formation of words (1) - basic rules of derivation. Productive Latin prefixes.
  • 12th week: Productive Greek prefixes. Synonymy and antonymy of prefixes.
  • 13th week: Productive Latin and Greek suffixes. Polysemy of suffixes.
  • 14th week: Formation of words (2) - basic rules of composition. The most frequently used Latin and Greek word-forming components.
  • 15th week: Requirements for the examination. Final test.
  • MAREČKOVÁ, Elena and Hana REICHOVÁ. Úvod do lékařské terminologie. Základy latiny s přihlédnutím k řečtině (Introduction to medical terminology. Basic Latin and Greek). 2. dotisk 5., nezm. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2010. 187 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4072-4. info
  • KÁBRT, Jan and Jan KÁBRT JR. Lexicon medicum. Druhé, dopl. a přeprac. vyd. Praha: Galén, 2004. 1136 pp. ISBN 80-7262-235-8. info
Teaching methods
lectures, translation and grammar exercises, drills, homework
Assessment methods
Exam (zk) admission requirement: successful completion of the final test (nominal inflection and word formation). The exam consists of a written part, to be conducted first, and an oral part (short discussion). Students are expected to prove their knowledge of the required language means, phenomena, and rules that are necessary for general understanding of Greek and Latin medical terminology, especially in the particular field of their studies.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, autumn 2018, autumn 2019, autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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