Say It Loud! Common Mispronounced or Misspelled Medical Terms and How To Say Them
- Blood clog- The word is blood clot, with a T. It can refer to a dollop of blood, often seen during one’s period. A blood clot can also form within a person’s vein and lead to breathing difficulty or leg problems. People often need blood thinners after being diagnosed with an internal blood clot. Furthermore, there are factors that can increase a person’s risk of having blood clots in their veins if their family members had them.
- Vomic- The word is vomit, also with a T. No further explanation needed.
- From the pediatric division: Chicken Pops, Wingworm and Ammonia are actually Chicken Pox (pronounced pocks), Ringworm, and Pneumonia (pronounced New-mo-neea).
- Mammeogram- The word is mammogram. There is no E. Just mam-O.
- Colostomy- I think this one is meant to be Colonoscopy, the test to screen for colon cancer where a camera is used to look inside the bowel and remove polyps before they become cancer. Let’s break this one down: Colon-Osco-Pee. Osco like the drug store.
- Sugar Diabetus- Drop the sugar, literally, and just say Diabetes, pronounced Die-uh-beet-ease. Or you can just say “I got the Shugah” and I’ll smile because of the nostalgia. It’s as endearing as “The Gout” that my older family members complained of.
- Tubalization- The procedure is tubal ligation- pronounced tubal lie-gay-shun.
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