VSLT0121s Basic Medical Terminology I - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
Autumn 2009
Extent and Intensity
0/0/1. Type of Completion: -.
doc. PhDr. Elena Marečková, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jana Mikulová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Bc. Pavla Adamčíková (seminar tutor), Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. et Mgr. Bc. Eva Dávidová (seminar tutor), Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Eliška Poláčková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (deputy)
PhDr. Marta Severová (seminar tutor), Mgr. Marie Okáčová, Ph.D. (deputy)
PhDr. Hana Němcová (assistant)
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.
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
Course objectives
General characteristics of the subject: 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. 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 grammatical devices and rules relevant for acquisition of Greek-Latin medical terminology;
explain syntactic structure of complex terms;
recognize the semantic structure of selected anatomical and clinical one-word terms;
form compound words applying the most used word-formation principles;
translate selected expressions from anatomy and pre-clinical and clinical fields of study.
  • BASIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - seminar. Syllabus. 1st week: Introduction to the study of the subject: significance and contents of the course, methodological instructions, study literature. Characteristics of the graphical and acoustic form of Latin. Selected Greek sounds, transcription into Latin.
  • 2nd week: Basic nominal categories and their specific features in medical terminology. Latin and Greek nouns of 1st declension (a-stems), adjectives of 1st declension.
  • 3rd week: Latin and Greek nouns of 2nd declension (o-stems), adjectives of 2nd declension. Syntactic structure of multiple medical terms, basic types of domination relations, attributive adjectives and appositional adjuncts, word order.
  • 4th week: Latin nouns of 3rd declension (consonant stems and i-stems). The mechanism of application of attributive adjectives and appositional adjuncts.
  • 5th week: Greek nouns of 3rd declension (consonant stems and i-stems). Word-forming characteristics of one-word terms, overview of basic models.
  • 6th week: Supplementing of the subject matter.
  • 7th week: Adjectives of 3rd declension (three-termination, two-termination, one-termination types). The language of medicine with its functions and characteristics.
  • 8th week: Latin nouns of 4th declension (u-stems). Medical terms - their etymology and definition.
  • 9th week: Latin nouns of 5th declension (e-stems). Renowned personalities of medicine in ancient history, historical aspects of medical terminology against the background of the history of medicine.
  • 10th week: Comparison of adjectives (regular, irregular, defective, periphrastic). History of anatomical nomenclature - BNA, JNA, PNA.
  • 11th week: The most common adverbs: formation and comparison. Present form of anatomical nomenclature - NA, TA.
  • 12th week: Prepositions and selected conjunctions. Present state of clinical terminology.
  • 13th week: Numerals (cardinal, ordinal, distributive, multiple, numeral adverbs): formation and declension. Eponyms.
  • 14th week: Final summary.
  • 15th week: Credit acknowledgement.
  • 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
  • PRUCKLOVÁ, Renata and Marta SEVEROVÁ. Introduction to Latin and Greek Terminology in Medicine. 2., přeprac. a rev. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2006. 153 pp. ISBN 80-210-4051-3. 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
  • PÁČ, Libor. Anatomická eponyma. 1. vyd. Praha: Galén, 2000. 103 pp. ISBN 80-7262-035-5. info
  • První dva tituly jsou základní (český/anglický program), ostatní doplňkové. - The first two titles are basic (Czech/English programme), the others supplementary.
Teaching methods
lectures, translation and grammar exercises, drills, homework
Assessment methods
Regular class attendance is obligatory.
First-term credit requirements: regular class attendance, active class participation, class preparation, written homework.
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: seminář.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015.
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