Learn MEDICAL Vocabulary in English

Hi again. Welcome back to www.engvid.com.
I’m Adam. Today’s lesson is a bit more practical, especially if you’re going to be going to
travel in an English-speaking country, you might want to know some of these words. We’re
going to look at some medical vocabulary, and to talk about the issues that you’re facing.
Okay? First of all, let’s break down the medical
vocabulary to three sections. We have injuries, we have illnesses, we have diseases. Okay?
First thing to understand, an injury is always about the physical body. Okay? It’s bones,
it’s tissues, it’s skin, it’s all these things. Illness is inside the body, but it’s usually
shorter. Okay? It doesn’t last a long time, and you can usually get rid of it; you can
fix it somehow. Diseases, on the other hand, they’re also inside, but they take a long
time and quite often they can kill you. Okay? Some diseases, nothing you can do about them;
there’s no cure for them. But some diseases, you can treat. Okay? We’ll
talk about that as well. You can treat them, but
there’s no cure necessarily. So, let’s start with injury. An injury to
your physical body can come in different forms. All of these are called “wound”, “wound”,
it sounds like an “oo” sound. “Wound”. Okay? A wound is when you do something to physically
harm your body. A “burn”. If you touch the stove… You’re
pulling out bread from the oven, you touch it. Or the stove, you’re cooking something
and you touch the hot plate, you will burn your hand. Okay? So, if you burn your hand,
it’ll stink a little bit, it will hurt a lot, but you can put some lotion on it, take care
of it. A “break”. Now, if you go skiing and by accident
you fall down, you can break your leg. Or if you go bicycling, like off-road, like trail
biking, you fall down, you break your leg, break your arm, break something. Like: “crack”,
a bone inside somewhere broke. But you could also fall and “sprain” something.
A sprain means like almost a break. Like, for example, you fall down on your ankle…
You can’t see my ankle. It’s down there, but I’m like twisting it. If I fall down on it,
I won’t break my bone, but it will get all swollen. Okay? It’ll puff up. It’ll be blue
and black, and very, very painful. And maybe I won’t be able to walk on it, but I didn’t
break anything. Okay? So, these are examples of injuries. Next, we have illness. Now, everybody gets
ill at some time. If you say “sickness”, it means the same thing. Sickness/illness, exactly
the same thing. You can get a “cold”. [Coughs] And sneezing, and coughing, and whatever. You can get a “flu” will usually be with a…
Usually comes with a fever. Many of you know “influenza”, so we just say “flu” for short.
Okay? This is not very fun. You sit in bed for a few days, but eventually it goes away,
hopefully. And we always… We often talk about a “bug”.
Now, when we talk about a bug, we’re talking usually about a virus. So we say: “There’s
a bug going around.” So during certain times of the year, you’ll get on the bus and somebody
on the bus is sick or somebody coughed and then grabbed onto the handle. Then you come
on the bus, you grab the handle. The bug comes inside you, and then the next day you’re ill.
You have a flu. You have a cold. You have something. So we say there’s a bug going around. Next, we have a disease. Now, a disease is
a very harsh thing. Okay? There is mental diseases, there is physical diseases. Something
that is “chronic” means that it continues for a long time; it doesn’t go away. Like
even if I have-[coughs]-a chronic cough, it means I’m always coughing; it doesn’t go away. Then, if you get tested and you find out that,
for example, you had a tumour let’s say. You had something growing inside you, you think
maybe it’s cancer, you go get it tested and then you find out it’s “benign”. It means
it’s not dangerous. It’s not going to do anything to you. It won’t develop into the disease. But then there are some diseases that are
“terminal”. “Terminal” means end. So, basically, if you have a terminal disease, you’re going
to die. Okay? Sad, but true. That’s how it works. Cancer is a terminal disease in most
cases. In some cases, it goes away for a little while, but it can come back. But if you have
a terminal disease, you’re probably going to pass away. Now, we “heal” injuries. Okay? You go to a
doctor, you go to the hospital, they do something, they fix your arm. Then eventually, after
a little bit of time, your broken arm, your broken bone heals. For an illness, you go to a doctor and he
prescribes a remedy. We’ll talk about different types of treatments another time, but a remedy
is something that you use to fix an illness. “Remedy” can be a noun. You go for a remedy.
Or a verb, you can remedy the illness. Now, a disease, you “treat” over time. You
do all kinds of things to treat the disease, and you hope that somebody finds a cure. I
mean, some diseases have cures. You go to the doctor, he gives you something and you’re
cured. This can also be a noun or a verb. Lastly, when we talk about doctors, everybody
thinks there’s only one word. For example, if you’re writing an essay, see: “Doctor,
doctor, doctor, doctor”. Other ways to say “doctor”, “doctor”, of course. “Physician”,
a physician is somebody who takes care of sick people. A “pediatrician”, now this is
just one type of doctor, but this is the most common type. If you have a family doctor,
he or she is a pediatrician. And, of course, we can just go by their qualifications, “MD”,
“Medical Doctor”, “Doctor of Medicine”, however you want to say it. Okay? So here’s a start to your medical vocabulary
learning. Join us again another time. We’ll look at different treatments for
different types of medical situations. Don’t forget to go to www.engvid.com.
There’s a quiz there. You can try that out. You can ask questions
in the comments section. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube
channel, and I’ll see you again soon. Bye-bye.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *