aVLLT0222c Basic Medical Terminology II - practice

Faculty of Medicine
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/1. 1 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jozefa Artimová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Natália Gachallová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Kateřina Pořízková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Robert Helán, Ph.D. (assistant)
PhDr. Jana Vyorálková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D.
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Contact Person: Mgr. Libor Švanda, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Timetable of Seminar Groups
aVLLT0222c/30: Tue 7:30–9:10 A15/113, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0222c/31: Thu 13:45–15:25 A11/211, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0222c/32: Tue 8:20–10:00 A11/228, T. Ševčíková
aVLLT0222c/33: Thu 10:30–12:10 A11/228, T. Ševčíková
aVLLT0222c/34: Wed 11:00–12:40 A11/211, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0222c/35: Mon 13:30–15:10 A11/334, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0222c/36: Mon 7:30–9:10 A11/228, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0222c/37: Mon 7:30–9:10 A11/211, T. Ševčíková
aVLLT0222c/38: Tue 10:10–11:50 A11/228, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0222c/39: Tue 15:00–16:40 KOM 410, N. Gachallová
aVLLT0121c Basic Med. Terminology -p
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 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: Use of Adjectives of 3rd declension in clinical terminology and in terminology of medical documentation. Frequented Adjectives ending in -alis,e and  aris, e; use of participles ending in -ans and - ens.
  • 2nd week: Anatomical structures containing in their names regularly derived comparatives and superlatives.
  • 3rd week: Anatomical structures containing in their names irregularly and defectively derived comparatives and superlatives, comparative and superlative forms in denoting position and direction.
  • 4th week: Cardinal and ordinal numerals in anatomical, clinical and pharmacological terminology. Samples of different types of medical prescriptions
  • 5th week: Supplementing material to the terminology of the most frequented types of fractures and injuries.
  • 6th week: Progress test I. Introduction to the word formation I. - basic rules of derivation. Latin and Greek prefixes, their meanings and mutual relations.
  • 7th week: Introduction to the word formation II. Latin and Greek suffixes of nouns and adjectives, their meanings and mutual relations. Synonymy, antonymy, polysemy, and homonymy of prefixes.
  • 8th week: Progress test II. Introduction to the word formation III. - basic rules of composition, connecting vowels. Latin and Greek compound words, hybrid compounds. Latin compound words in anatomical nomenclature.
  • 9th week: Introduction to the word formation IV. Samples of authentic documentation containing word-forming components with the meaning of general terms, terms naming anatomical structures and bodily fluids.
  • 10th week: Introduction to the word formation V. Samples of authentic documentation containing word-forming components with the meaning of physiological and pathological processes ongoing in the human body, components denoting different qualities, characteristics and amount
  • 11th week: Introduction to the word formation VI. Samples of authentic documentation containing word-forming components with the meaning for naming branches of medicine and the most frequent types of medical interventions and examinations.
  • 12th week: Post mortem diagnosis as an example of authentic application of Latin in medical practice.
  • 13th week: Final summary of the Latin medical terminology.
  • 14th week: Final test.
    required literature
  • PRUCKLOVÁ, Renata and Marta SEVEROVÁ. Introduction to Latin and Greek terminology in medicine. 3rd, rev. ed. Praha: KLP, 2012. xii, 115. ISBN 9788086791241. info
    recommended literature
  • 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, drills, homework,
Assessment methods
Requirements for gaining the credit: regular class attendance, active participation in class, preparation for classes, sitting progress tests and a credit test which is focused on word-formation, nominal inflexion being involved only marginally. The basic limit for passing all tests is 70% (the pass-mark for the credit test is lowered by 5% each time the progress test, which is obligatory, is successfully written, at most by 10%). Only one unexcused absence will be tolerated; further absences must be properly excused (i.e. via the Study Department of the Faculty of Medicine). Class attendance is registered through the IS.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: cvičení.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017, Spring 2018, spring 2019, spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2016, recent)
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