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How To Say Common Mispronounced Medical Terms

In medicine there are may words that are said by patients that I don’t correct for fear of embarrassment. Here's a short list for your entertainment.

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In this post, you will learn how to properly say common medical terms properly.

I cringe a little when we hear the word “conversate”. If you are confused right now, you may be a person who finds yourself “conversating” from time to time. A reasonable mistake when the word seems to stem from “conversation”. I learned many years ago, however, that the actual Merriam-Webster word is “to converse”. To be used in a sentence: “I would like to converse with you about that later,” or “he and I conversed about that the other day.” It is both a shoe and a verb (except that the accent is on the VERSE, rather than the CON).
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In medicine, there are many words that are said that I don’t have the heart to correct for fear of embarrassment. However, they are, well, not correct. In the interest of no longer leaving my ladies with proverbial spinach in their teeth, here is how to properly say commonly mispronouced medical terms:

How to properly say commonly mispronouced medical terms

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. Breast imaging is super important for cancer screening and early detection.

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.

Colposcopy is also sometimes what a person means to say. That is the evaluation of the cervix after an abnormal pap. Click here for more about that.

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.

Virginia

Yes, it is a state, but it is also a misspelled attempt at “Vagina” that I see in my search terms frequently. There you have it.

Fitting that I end this post with a gynecologic term, considering “fireballs in the eucharist” is one of the original malapropisms for fibroids in the uterus. A malapropism is a fancy word that I just learned for the humorous misuse of a word. Knowing the correct word and definition can be important to your health. For example, if your mom had a blood clot in her leg in the past, you may need testing to rule out elevated risk before starting certain types of birth control. This list is only the tip of the iceberg. Don’t worry though, we will be continuing this conversate-shun.
 
And that’s how you properly say common medical terms.

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Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald is a board certified OBGYN. She began practicing medicine in 2007 and now uses her extensive knowledge and growing following to increase health awareness in a fun and viral way. She is the founder of The Gyneco-blogic and an author of numerous books for adult and childhood health education and social growth. For more, check me, I mean her out at dreverywoman.com

5 comments on “How To Say Common Mispronounced Medical Terms

  1. This is fabulous! I cannot stop smiling. What a delivery you have!!! 🙂

  2. Shimul Sahai

    My favorites are “prostrate” and “rotator cup.” Fun post!

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