aZLLT0222s Basic Medical Terminology II - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Natália Gachallová (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Renata Prucklová (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. Tereza Ševčíková
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
Mon 20. 2. to Fri 19. 5. Wed 10:10–11:50 A11/228; and Wed 24. 5. 10:10–11:50 A15/113
( aZLLT0121c Bas. Med. Terminology I -pr || ZLLT0121c Bas. Med. Terminology I -p ) && ( aZC011 Handling chemical substances || ZC011 Handling chemical substances )
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, 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 - seminar. Syllabus.
  • 1st week: Summary and revision of the Basic medical terminology I. Adjectives of 3rd declension in clinical terminology and in terminology of medical documentation.
  • 2nd week: Comparison of adjectives – regular. Frequented comparatives and superlatives in the anatomical terminology.
  • 3rd week: Comparison of adjectives – irregular and imcomplete. Translation of terms containing comparatives/superlatives.
  • 4th week: Numerals – the most frequented cardinal and ordinal numerals. Numerals in anatomical, clinical and pharmacological terminology. Factual and formal grammatical structure of medical prescription.
  • 5th week: Supplementing of the subject matter - terminology 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. Greek productive word-forming components denoting general terms, names of anatomical structures and bodily fluids
  • 10th week: Introduction to the word formation V. Greek productive word-forming components for physiological and pathological processes ongoing in the human body, components denoting different qualities, characteristics and amount.
  • 11th week: Introduction to the word formation VI. Greek productive word-forming components 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
Examination (zk) mainly proceeds in the oral form but also includes a shorter written part in the form of a translation of clinical and prescription terms from Czech into Latin. The oral part contains grammatical analysis of selected Latin anatomical and clinical terms, determination and variation of basic grammatical categories, explanation of a technically relevant grammatical phenomenon, and tasks which check knowledge of word formation. The exam may be supplemented with questions from the theory of terminology (historical aspects, contemporary state of development, characteristic features, etc.). A prerequisite for admission to the examination is successful completion of the final written test focused especially on word-formation.
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)
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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