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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Medical Terminology in the Histology Laboratory. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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Medical terminology is the language spoken by professionals in the medical community. As a histologist, you will need to understand medical terms in order to interpret information on specimen requisitions, review a surgical schedule and anticipate the specimens that will be submitted to the pathology laboratory, decipher a physician's handwriting, and communicate effectively with other professionals you come in contact with.
Medical terminology employs a logical, science-based vocabulary that accurately describes the human body and its components, conditions, and processes. The vocabulary is based on a systematic approach to building words. Many of the medical words are comprised of basic parts that are used in other non-medical words. Learning the meaning of these basic parts is essential to understanding the meaning of medical terms.