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Medical terms

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Medical terms

All those new, confusing words could be enough to drive you crazy. It can really be tough to hear your doctors say things you don’t understand. This is especially true if they are in a hurry and don’t have time to explain things to you right away. To help make you more comfortable, use the links below to get to the definitions. You’ll be an expert in "doctor speak" in no time! Also, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor to explain things so you can understand him or her.

Medical words that you might hear at a doctor’s visit are included in the glossary.

 

Content last reviewed February 16, 2011
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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