Exploring Medical Language, 8th Edition
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Exploring Medical Language, 8th Edition


Med Term coverage:  Moderate

Programmed Approach:  No

A&P coverage:  Basic

Practice exercises:  Extensive, including many practical application exercises

Supplemental Content: many interactive activities online on Evolve, and many appendices in the textbook and Evolve website

Emphasizing medical terminology and vocabulary, Exploring Medical Language: A Student-Directed Approach, 8th Edition uses proven instructional methods, extensive practice, and exciting multimedia learning tools to help your students master the medical terminology they'll need for success in the health care field. This objective-based approach guides students step-by-step in building each term from its foundation, with a logical, body-systems organization and engaging terminology exercises that reinforce students' understanding and help you create a more effective medical terminology course.

  • Systematic approach to terminology equips you to recognize and define new terms as you encounter them and to build the medical vocabulary you'll need in the health care setting.

  • Pronunciation key provides quick access to frequently referenced material.

  • Case studies encourage critical thinking and challenge you to apply what you've learned to realistic scenarios.

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine boxes highlight words and phrases associated with this increasingly popular discipline.

  • Terminology flash cards (409 cards) included with every book provide valuable review and self-assessment tools you can take anywhere for study on the go.

  • Audio CDs, available at an additional charge and packaged either separately or with the book, help you perfect your pronunciation of difficult terms.

  • Engaging study tools on a companion Evolve website reinforce your understanding through interactive exercises, the Body Spectrum A&P review program, and a 5,000-term English/Spanish glossary.
  • Medical Terminology Online, available at an additional charge, gives you an enhanced learning experience with fully integrated online lessons, animations, slide shows, quizzes, exams, and more.
  • Anatomy and physiology "boosters" on the companion Evolve website strengthen your understanding of important A&P concepts.

  • Updated terms and abbreviations throughout the text keep you current with the latest advances in technology and changes in the health care industry.
  • New illustrations clarify complex physiological processes and familiarize you with equipment you may encounter on the job.

Part 1: Introduction to Word Parts and Human Body Structure Chapter 1 Introduction to Word Parts Chapter 2 Body Structure, Color, and Oncology Chapter 3 Directional Terms, Planes, Positions, Regions, and Quadrants P

art 2: Body Systems Chapter 4 Integumentary System Chapter 5 Respiratory System Chapter 6 Urinary System Chapter 7 Male Reproductive System Chapter 8 Female Reproductive System Chapter 9 Obstetrics and Neonatology Chapter 10 Cardiovascular, Immune, and Lymphatic Systems and Blood Chapter 11 Digestive System Chapter 12 Eye Chapter 13 Ear  Chapter 14 Musculoskeletal System Chapter 15 Nervous System and Behavioral Health Chapter 16 Endocrine System

Appendixes (Book) A. Combining Forms, Prefixes, and Suffixes Alphabetized According to Word Part B. Combining Forms, Prefixes, and Suffixes Alphabetized According to Definition C. Additional Combining Forms, Prefixes, and Suffixes D. Abbreviations E. Pharmacology Terms

Appendixes (on Evolve) F. Health Care Delivery/Managed Care Terms G. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies H. Behavioral Health Terms I. Clinical Research Terms J. Nutrition Terms

Illustration Credit


Myrna LaFleur Brooks, RN, BEd, Founding President of the National Association of Health Unit Clerks/Coordinators, Faculty Emeritus, Maricopa County Community College District, Phoenix, AZ and Danielle LaFleur Brooks, MEd, MA, Faculty, Medical Assisting and Allied Health and Science
Community College of Vermont
Montpelier, Vermont


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