aVLMT021 Tutorial in Basic Medical Terminology

Faculty of Medicine
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Natália Gachallová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Lucie Mazalová, 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)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Tereza Ševčíková
Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Medicine Division - Language Centre
Fri 11:40–13:20 KOM S117
This course is meant for students who have not passed Basic Medical Terminology I.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is supposed to help the students unsuccessfull in the first semester comprehend the problematic issues of flective language and to deeply practise discussed grammarand in slower pace. 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 course is of both theoretic and practical character and it introduces the students into the study of medicine by means of its language.
The course serves the students to understand basic medical terminology and it is exclusively determined by the needs of the discipline and medical practice. In the first place it provides such knowledge of Latin and/or Greek that enables the student to master quickly and purposefully the semantic aspect of terms, their grammatical form, and word-forming structure. At the same time, it provides systematic instruction to independent solution of current terminological problems consisting in understanding the technical content of terms and in the formation of medical terms.
Learning outcomes At the end of the course students will be able to:
use Latin and Greek-Latin medical terminology and expressions correctly and understand them;
recognize and explain grammatical categories 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;
translate selected expressions from anatomy and pre-clinical and clinical fields of study.
  • Syllabus
  • An obligatory part of each class is practising and testing of knowledge acquired during the seminars.
  • 1st week: Checking the level of initial knowledge. Revision of pronunciation. Latin case system. Medical terms, their etymology and definition. Dictionary entry, how to read it. General terms and terms denoting parts and regions of the human body.
  • 2nd week: Nouns of 1st declension. Noun in apposition. Role of genitive in anatomical terms. Prepositional phases. Names of bones and terms describing the skeletal system.
  • 3rd week: Nouns and adjectives. Agreed attribute in Latin. Word order in anatomical and clinical medical terminology. Fractures of fingers, ribs and vertebras.
  • 4th week: 2nd declension. Latin and Greek paradigms. Terms denoting number in anatomy and clinical terminology.
  • 5th week: Internal organs, main terms from splanchnology. Latin in medical documentation. Characteristics and present form of medical record.
  • 6th week: Revision. Introduction to 3rd declension: consonant stems. Agreed attribute of Latin nouns of 3rd declension and adjectives of 1st and 2nd declensions. Muscular system.
  • 7th week: Latin 3rd declension: i-stems. Types of injuries. Abbreviations used in authentic diagnoses.
  • 8th week: Greek nouns of 3rd declension (consonant stems and i-stems). Agreed attribute of Latin and Greek nouns of 3rd declension and adjectives of 1st and 2nd declensions. Introduction to word-formation, basic principles of derivation. Terms denoting inflammatory and non-inflammatory diseases using systematic suffixes -itis and -osis. Terms denoting the oncogenic diseases.
  • 9th week: Revision. Introduction to 4th and 5th declension. Agreed attribute of nouns of all declensions and adjectives of 1st and 2nd declensions.
  • 10th week: Diagnoses containing expressions suspicio and suspectus, a, um; fractura and fractus, a, um; periculum and periculosus, a, um, etc.
  • 11th week: Adjectives of 3rd declension. Agreed attribute of Latin and Greek nouns of all declensions and adjectives all declensions. Terms denoting types of fractures.
  • 12th week: Forming Latin adjectives using suffixes -alis, -aris, -bilis, -eus and -icus, a, um. Deriving their stems.
  • 13th week: Final revision.
  • 14th week: Dissections.
    recommended 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
Teaching methods
lectures, translation and grammar exercises, drills, homework
Assessment methods
regular class attendance, active participation in class, preparation for classes, sitting progress tests (two per semester) and a credit test. The basic limit for passing all tests is 70%. Passing each of the class test, which is obligatory for all students, reduces the basic limit in the credit test by 5%. Only two unexcused absences 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
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, spring 2019, spring 2020.
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