Medical Terminology


This website is designed to serve as both a quick reference for medical terminology and as a training vehicle for learning medical terms.

Medical Dictionary

Our medical dictionary is currently an abridged edition that refects the terms found in our flash card training web application on this website. The medical dictionary is organized two ways: an alphabetical index and a body system index. Our most recent addition to the dictionary are pronunciation tips.

Medical Terminology Flash Cards

Our medical flash cards are intended to supplement traditional textbook, classroom and clinical training by providing interactive drills to strengthen long-term retention of medical terms. Users are presented with medical terms using several types of drills. A spaced repetition algorithm make learning terms efficient by managing the frequently that each term is presented. Users can select terms by body systems for study.

Medical Word Parts

In addition to medical words, we provide training on common medical word parts, including prefixes, roots and suffixes.

For example, we can breakdown 'myocarditis' into three parts which will clarify the meaning of this term.

medical word parts example

The prefix 'myo' means muscle, followed by the root 'card' which means heart and then the suffix 'itis' means inflammation.

So word parts provide the meaning of myocarditis: inflammation of the heart muscle.

Suffixes can modify the meaning of the word, often in very important ways.


Medical terms always have at least word root. The root provides the core meaning of the term.