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Medical Jeopardy

Published by Mike Schwartz in Quizzes
August 11th, 2009

This is a facinating list of medical definiations, including their sources and original meanings. As in "Jeopardy," you must guess the derivative, modern-day, medical meaning.

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What do a wheel rut, a flash of lightning and a dining table have in common?

Medical Terminology. Ever think about how a doctor in New York can speak to a doctor in Japan about medical matters. They use the same medical words. I found this fascinating, and hope you will, as well.

I’m also a Jeopardy fan. For those of you unfamiliar with this TV format, a contestant is  presented with the answer, and must deliver the definition to win a prize.

So…..here it is. It’s a medical jeopardy. Here are 127 questions.

If you’re in the medical or health care field, chances are you’ll have no trouble with most of these, The object here is to present to you the oddities of linguistic evolution.

WARNING: DO NOT USE THE MATIERIAL IN THIS ARTICLE AS PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIAL (although you might be tempted). This is simply because much of what is known about language derivatives is  assumed – not fact.*

Answers are presented on the last page.


1. FINE POWDER: from the Arabic “al” (the) and koh  l “fine impalpable powder.”


2. RUT MADE BY A WHEEL: From the Latin, “orbita.”


3. TO MAKE STICKY: From the Latin, “viscare.”


4. PERTAINING TO THE FORUM: From the Latin “forum.”


5. CAUSE OF DWARFISM: Long bones do not grow. From Greek “a” absence, “chondrus” (cartilage) and “plassein” (to form).


6. BULK OR MASS; From the Greek, “ongkos.”


7. TO INCREASE: From the Indo-European, “aweg.”


8. INSENSITIVITY TO PAIN: from the Greek “an” (without) and algesis (sense of  



9. KNOT or KNOB: From the Latin, “nodus.”


10. AN AIR DUCT: From the Greek “aer” (air) and “tereo” (I keep).



11. NOSE or SNOUT: From the Greek, “mukter.”


12. A SHEPHERD’S PIPE: From the Greek, “syringx.”


13. DULL TO PERCEPTION: from the Indo-European root, “dheubh,”


14. ONE-HALF OF THE SKULL: From the Latin, “hemicrania.”

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