Can You Pass A Basic Medical Terminology Quiz?

How well do you know your medical prefixes and suffixes? Test your medical terminology skills with this quiz.

1. What is osteoporosis?

What is osteoporosis?
The pores in your skin
Loss of hearing
Bone loss

2. Which is the medical term for headache?

Which is the medical term for headache?
Cephalgia
Concussion
Migraine

3. What do the suffixes -dynia and -algia mean?

What do the suffixes -dynia and -algia mean?
Deficiency
Pain
Fixation

4. What is a contusion?

What is a contusion?
A head injury
A bruise
A muscle contraction

5. Which medical term describes the scraping away of the skin or mucous membrane by friction?

Which medical term describes the scraping away of the skin or mucous membrane by friction?
Carbuncle
Contusion
Abrasion

6. Which medical term describes 'accumulation of blood in a joint'?

Which medical term describes 'accumulation of blood in a joint'?
Hepatitis
Hemarthrosis
Hematuria

7. What do the prefixes cardi- and cardio- refer to?

What do the prefixes cardi- and cardio- refer to?
Cartilage
Lungs
Heart

8. Which medical term describes the protrusion of the eyeballs?

Which medical term describes the protrusion of the eyeballs?
Ophthalmus
Exophthalmos
Opacification

9. Which medical term describes blood in the urine?

Which medical term describes blood in the urine?
Hematocrit
Uremia
Hematuria

10. Which medical term describes an agent that causes disease?

Which medical term describes an agent that causes disease?
Protease
Prophylaxis
Pathogen

11. Which medical terms describes a woman who has never been pregnant?

Which medical terms describes a woman who has never been pregnant?
Nulligravida
Primipara
Primigravida

12. Which medical terms describes the bluish discoloration of the skin?

Which medical terms describes the bluish discoloration of the skin?
Cyanosis
Edema
Cilium

13. The word emesis means...

The word emesis means...
Vomiting
Eating
Heartburn

14. Which medical terms describes the infection of the fungus Candida?

Which medical terms describes the infection of the fungus Candida?
Macrophage
Titer
Thrush

15. Which medical terms describes the red blood cell?

Which medical terms describes the red blood cell?
Leukocyte
Erythrocyte
Lymphocyte

16. To aspirate means...

To aspirate means...
To inhale food or objects into the lung
To have a painful feeling in the chest region
Heart rhythm

17. Which medical terms describes the surgical transplant of the cornea?

Which medical terms describes the surgical transplant of the cornea?
Keratoscopy
Keratoplasty
Corneoplasty

18. What do the prefixes hemo- and hema- mean?

What do the prefixes hemo- and hema- mean?
Blood
Bone
Liver

19. To be ambulatory is to be...

To be ambulatory is to be...
To be able to understand and verbalize
Ambiguous
Able to walk; a patient not confined to bed

20. What does syncope mean?

What does syncope mean?
Fainting
A sinus infection
An instrument to look in your ears

21. What does febrile mean?

What does febrile mean?
A foot condition
Fever
Female child

22. Which medical terms describes the abnormal widening of the bronchi?

Which medical terms describes the abnormal widening of the bronchi?
Asthma
Bronchiolitis
Bronchiectasis

23. What does sepsis mean?

What does sepsis mean?
Sleep disorder
A medical term for sibling
An infection caused by bacteria in the blood

24. Which of the following suffixes means to look or observe?

Which of the following suffixes means to look or observe?
-gram
-scopy/-scopic
-tomy

25. What is ecchymosis?

What is ecchymosis?
A contagious skin disease
A black and blue bruise
A virus

26. Which of the following suffixes best describes a surgical operation or removal of a body part?

Which of the following suffixes best describes a surgical operation or removal of a body part?
-malacia
-ectomy
-staxis

27. What does arrhythmia mean?

What does arrhythmia mean?
It is a latin word meaning "to arrive"
To have rhythm
To have an irregular heartbeat

28. Which medical terms describes the inflammation of the tympanic membrane?

Which medical terms describes the inflammation of the tympanic membrane?
Anotia
Labyrinthitis
Myringitis

29. What does EDEMA mean?

What does EDEMA mean?
Swelling
Skin rash
Ulcer

30. Which medical terms describes the disease of the heart muscle?

Which medical terms describes the disease of the heart muscle?
Myopathy
Cardiomyopathy
Cardioplexy

31. Which medical terms describes the removal of the gallbladder?

Which medical terms describes the removal of the gallbladder?
Cystectomy
Cholecystectomy
Cholangiography

32. Which medical terms describes 'painful menstruation'?

Which medical terms describes 'painful menstruation'?
Amenorrhea
Dyspareunia
Dysmenorrhea

33. Which medical terms describes the region 'above the pubic bones'?

Which medical terms describes the region 'above the pubic bones'?
Perineum
Transperineal
Suprapubic

34. Which medical terms describes the enlargement of a finger or toe?

Which medical terms describes the enlargement of a finger or toe?
Kyphosis
Dactylomegaly
Diaphysis

35. Which of the following terms mean upon or on top?

Which of the following terms mean upon or on top?
Epi-
Intra-
Sub-

36. What is anaphylaxis?

What is anaphylaxis?
It means to faint
It is a life threatening allergic reaction
It is a hemorrhoid

37. What is aphasia?

What is aphasia?
Means going through a phase
Being unable to speak or understand when spoken to or to speak clearly
Swelling of the face

38. Which medical terms describes the disease of a lymph node?

Which medical terms describes the disease of a lymph node?
Adenitis
Adenectomy
Lymphadenopathy

39. What does APNEA mean?

What does APNEA mean?
Good appetite
Pimple
Not breathing

40. What does the suffix –iatric mean?

What does the suffix –iatric mean?
Gender
Of or relating to a physician
Spasm or contraction

41. What does the prefix carp/o- mean?

What does the prefix carp/o- mean?
Blood
Wrist
Neck

42. Which of these prefixes is related to the kidneys?

Which of these prefixes is related to the kidneys?
Recto/o-
Nephr/o-
Hepato-

43. Which medical terms describes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord?

Which medical terms describes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord?
Myasthenia
Cerebrospinal fluid
Meninges

44. What does the suffix ''-itis'' mean?

What does the suffix ''-itis'' mean?
Digestion
Sleep Disorder
Inflammation

45. True or false? Hyper and hypo have the same meanings.

True or false? Hyper and hypo have the same meanings.
True
False

46. Which of the following prefixes best describes numb or sleep?

Which of the following prefixes best describes numb or sleep?
Lapar/o-
Karyo-
Narc/o-

47. "Rx" is an abbreviation for:

"Rx" is an abbreviation for:
Prescription
Prognosis
Diagnosis

48. What is 'hemorrhage'?

What is 'hemorrhage'?
A tear of the ligament
Trauma to the head
Bleeding or blood loss

49. When a person is diagnosed with hypertension, what does he/she have?

When a person is diagnosed with hypertension, what does he/she have?
Low blood pressure
High blood pressure
Fluid in the lungs